Oceanographic Museum, MonacoCurrently 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
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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Things to Know Before Visiting Oceanographic Museum
95% of people who visit Monaco include Oceanographic Museum in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
48.27% of people start their Oceanographic Museum visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Oceanographic Museum
80.4% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Oceanographic Museum
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Oceanographic Museum, Monaco Reviews
Great place to spend half a day with the kids. The museum itself is small, but it boasts a massive sharks aquarium and has a great playground for the kids on the rooftop with great views of monaco. There's also a coffee/restaurant on the top, great for a quick lunch . The building's architecture is quite unique in the sense that it was built on the rock with one of its facade towering over the cliff some 85 meters above sea level.
Very much enjoyed our walk around the museum. Was super quiet 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. Entrance fee is 14 Euro
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.
The famous oceanographic museum founded by Mr Jacques-Yves Cousteau. One of the most beautiful museum in the world. You can find so much species of fish, sharks and etc. A must for anyone who visits Monaco. It's also one of the biggest research center in oceanography in the world. It's wonderful for adults and children.
Nice view from the roof top. Unfortunately didn't find the Jacques-Yves Cousteau monument. But it's a good reason to come back