Oceanographic Museum, Monaco

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Oceanographic Museum, Monaco - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price

Address: Musee Oceanographique de Monaco, Avenue Saint Martin, Monaco-Ville 98000, Monaco

Phone: 377-93153600

Ticket Price: 14 EUR

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Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

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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 
  • L’Aurore
  • Restaurant L’Estragon

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  • Parking is okay if you don't go during a really busy time (entrance is before the museum underground). The museum is we'll set up but I can't help thinking that some of the fish tanks are extremely small (especially for the flat fish). Good information at each stand. Wheelchair and pram access is not good at all. There are elevators however you still need to make your way up/down a flight of stairs to get anywhere.

  • A fun aquarium, not large but lots to see downstairs. Upstairs a little dryer but still interesting. For 14Eur it's a bit if a bargain and can be done in an hour and a bit. Well worth it. Watch out for parents who can't control kids and adults who are still amazed by smart phones pushing them up against the glass for fish videos they'll never watch again!

  • One of the best marine museums in Europe. There is a vast variety of exhibition from sea creatures to aquatic culture, modern arts and history. The displays are well organized so it’s very easy and entertaining to go through the whole museum. The museum itself is a majestic building with glorious view on the top floor.

  • Crowded but interesting. Seems funny to read something from 1903 which mentioned how important our oceans were. But those words were never taken heed of.

  • Great aquarium with a wide variety of animals from sharks to jellyfish. The upstairs is a great museum with an impressive collection. Also fantastic views from the roof of the city.

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