Oceanographic Museum, Monaco
Oceanographic Museum, Monaco - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price
Address: Musee Oceanographique de Monaco, Avenue Saint Martin, Monaco-Ville 98000, Monaco
Ticket Price: 14 EUR
Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
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About Oceanographic Museum, Monaco
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
We were told not to miss this oceanographic museum and so we did not. Surely, we have found some interesting species to admire which we never saw before but except for that I would say my expectations were a bit different since I would have thought to find a wider aquarium and many more animals to "behold". The last two floors are interesting to visit either for the fossils and for the view of the city of Monaco, very lovely.
Very much enjoyed our walk around the museum. Was super quiet as we went just 2 hours before closing time and it took us 2 hours to get around it. It was small and very open yet still a lot of small things to see and the aquarium was super clean and the lighting within the room was perfect, very calming. Will certainly visit again if ever in Monaco and would recommend to people who are staying in Monaco/Nice.
Great location, great exhibitions, great views, a bit pricey 14 EUR per adult, but overall a good experience. The aquarium has a shark tank with smaller sharks (cool!). Parking is located next to the museum but it could be tricky to get there by car due to security (proximity to the palace = guards were stopping an cars)
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!
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.