Ever dreamt of travelling in the Nautilus, perusing the ocean and its life in all its wonder? Of course not all of us can pop into a submarine for a little trip, but the makers of this museum/aquarium wanted to bring the ocean to you. Established by Prince Albert I, a monarch with a lifelong dedication in oceanography, this is an attraction that can’t be missed. For starters it was headed for 31 years by none other than the legendary explorer and conservationist Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Exhibits contain specimens from both Prince Albert’s and Cousteau’s illustrious expeditions. Watch out for one of the first modern underwater diving suits, developed by Cousteau, who was a pioneer in the field. Apart from the many skeletons, journals and other exhibits the “Touch Tank” gives you the opportunity to touch baby sharks, starfish and other species. The aquarium at the basement of the building contains more than six thousand different species of aquatic flora and fauna all living in reconstructed natural habitats. If have been dragged along despite your protest of not liking fish fear not! The building itself is a piece of architectural art, taking around eleven years to construct and rises out of the cliffs that overlook the sea. And the view from the roof is spectacular.
An oceanographic museum that contains artefacts from two groundbreakers of the field and a fantastic aquarium.
- Cash, cheques, bank cards and “chèquesvacances” holiday vouchers are all accepted payment methods.
- The Touch Tank is meant as an interactive display for children and teens; adults have to pay extra to get in.
- Guided tours are available, but reservations and tour plans need to be a much as one month in advance.
- There is a “No Flash” rule in the aquarium. The flashing light disturbs the fish. Switch off your camera’s flash.
- Carry a jacket and/or a cap as there is no shade on the roof.
- There is a rooftop restaurant with a view if you are feeling peckish.
- The place is often crowded, especially at peak season in the summer.
- Their staff is sometimes unhelpful.
- A walk around the full museum and aquarium, the Touch Tank, the Shark Lagoon Exhibit, tropical Lagoon Exhibit, the breathtaking rooftop view.
- Parking- Chemin des Pecheurs parking lot is situated under the Museum.
- Disability/Wheelchair Access, Partially handicapped accessible.
- Adults: 14 Euros, Children (4-12): 7 Euros, Teenagers/Students: 10 Euros.
- People with reduced mobility (adults and children): 7 Euros, Children under 4: free.
- The Museum is closed on the week-end of the Formula 1 Grand Prix.
- Since Monaco is a 2 square kilometre city, everything is near.
- La Terrasse, restaurant on the roof of the museum
- Restaurant L’Estragon
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95% of people who visit Monaco include Oceanographic Museum in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
54.22% of people start their Oceanographic Museum visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Oceanographic Museum
75.09% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Oceanographic Museum
Super experience! On the lower level, there is an aquarium, on the upper level, there is a museum. Both are amazing and interesting. Not only for adults but also for children: many little “games” make it easy and understandable for both, older and younger people - by a classic museum and therefore definitely recommendable. I would suggest not to go there on a Saturday since r can be really crowded and takes ages to get through the aquarium when you want to see everything!
As aquariums go, this is one of the better ones we have seen. It has marine life from all over the world, while also covering the entire range of the Mediterranean. All displays were accompanied by multilingual interactive touchscreen panels with all sorts of information on the animals and habitats you are seeing. The museum has a large collection of marine and avian specimens, some preserved, others just skeletons or shells. There is a large, interactive exhibit of marine research, including lives of sailors, navigators, researchers, and more throughout recent history. Upstairs is a cafe with a panoramic view. I have removed 1 star for the terribly high entry prices. The country can easily afford to give free or very cheap entry but they choose to charge over $15 per adult and $10 per child. A family of 4 came to over $60. If this review was helpful, please click Like!
Incredible museum and aquarium. So many different species and information on each one. The entire museum was clean, easy to get through and informative. On the higher floors, it's more of a museum than an aquarium and you learn so much on Albert I and his travels. It's definitely worth seeing.
I have visited this close to 10 times and make it a point to visit it everytime. The Oceanographic museum has a fantastic display of Oceanographic items and also the largest and most beautiful Aquarium in the world. The Shark tank is massive and I recollect sitting in front of it and by the time I moved on it was already 3 hours ..One loses track of time and space when one views this amazingly beautiful shark tank... The rest of the Aquarium collection is wonderful. It is worth spending at least an whole day in this museum..
A must-see. Whole family enjoyed it. Beautiful museum filled with aquatic life. So much to take in... We were there in July so it was really packed but we loved it nonetheless. We bought our tickets at the wicket but you may buy them online too. Excellent family destination.