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 Opening and Closing 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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Oceanographic Museum, Monaco Reviews
I really liked this place. Not only is the placement of the building really beautiful, but it’s a nice mixture of old and new exhibits. I can see why people like it so much, and I can’t imagine as a child it’s probably even better. Lots of really well organized exhibits featuring both live and dead ocean life. Really beautiful tanks. When you’re done you can head up to the terrace and enjoy an amazing view. Loved it! Well done.
Very cool place to visit, some amazing fish on display in huge tanks. Gets extremely busy and very difficult to move through the rooms. Not as much to see as I'd hoped. Altogether an enjoyable, albeit exoenexpe day with the kids. The 'touch tank' is conducted solely in French so if you're children don't speak the language, avoid as they will be lost with the proceedings.
Great building that lies on a cliff just over the sea. Has quite a few wonderful and really well planned out fish tanks. Very well maintained and lots and lots of different fascinating species from around the world. Sharks, murenes, piranhas, jelly fish, big fish, small fish, weird fish and cute ones. We brought 2 children ages 7 and 8. Some parts a bit boring for them otherwise very existing. The old exhibitions are dull but the new ones are great. Great view from the top of the building. We bought tickets from the machines outside. Will save you some time. Visit the old town also right next by.
Very interesting place to see. The marine life exposition is not that impressive, as, let's say, the giant acquarium and the related exposition in one of Dubai's malls, but this museum has the unique attraction: you can pet little sharks, swimming in a shallow pool. Very interesting! +it's nearby the Pince's palace; the city tour train stop is just outside the building; it has a nice park with a children's playground just beside (on the side of the hill), and it's the best place to see Monaco's panorama. Only, if you're travelling in high season, have in mind that the museum's parking might be full. As well as the ones nearby. My suggestion is to simply wait for a spot rather than look for somewhere else.
All lovers of the underwater world should visit this museum. You will see a lot of marine organisms, battered sharks, jellyfish, octopus, sea turtles and the like. Also on one level there is a museum with pirate objects, prepared birds and tibs, and the like. Also at the top of the museum there is a restaurant with a beautiful view of the city and the ocean. The ticket was € 14 or € 19 if you are visiting the Prince palace, 500 meters from this museum.
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