Oceanographic MuseumCurrently Closed
- Address: Musee Oceanographique de Monaco, Avenue Saint Martin, Monaco-Ville 98000, Monaco
- Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Phone: 377-93153600
- Ticket Price: 14 EUR
- Tags: Museum, Family And Kids, Specialty Museum
Oceanographic Museum - Review
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.
Oceanographic Museum Information
- 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.
Oceanographic Museum Ticket Prices
- 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.
Oceanographic Museum Hours
- The Museum is closed on the week-end of the Formula 1 Grand Prix.
How To reach Oceanographic Museum by Public Transport
- Since Monaco is a 2 square kilometre city, everything is near.
Restaurants Near Oceanographic Museum
- La Terrasse, restaurant on the roof of the museum
- Restaurant L’Estragon
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Things to Know Before Visiting Oceanographic Museum
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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
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Oceanographic Museum, Monaco Reviews
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.
This was our second trip to Monaco but the first time we had been able to visit the museum. We had intended on a quick visit but ended up spending a brilliant 3 hours there, and even then there was still so much we didn't have time go properly read! The exhibitions upstairs were particularly fascinating. Tips - make sure you head up to the roof top to see the incredible view, and also make sure you catch the skeleton light show that is held every hour!
One of the most beautiful museum in the heart of Monaco. My favorite part was the jellyfish aquariums. Absolutely magical day with my family. My son read each and every information panel in the museum. We ended up spending a whole day there. Had lunch on the roof with breathtaking view and prices are so reasonable. Everyone that works there is super friendly and speaks many different languages. Love it and can’t wait to go back! I ❤️ Monaco
Good muesum and great presentation of all fishes. Probably the best I have seen till date. Just brilliant! Must go. You will not be disappointed. We had doubts when we were going in because we had seen many but this was far far better. Just opposite the museum a small train ride is worth it in 10 euros. UK does the bus ride in 25 pounds or so, hence this is quite cheap and also the train speed is quite nice so you can see everything properly.
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.