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 Travel Tips
- 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.
Entrance Ticket Details For Oceanographic Museum
- 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
- Since Monaco is a 2 square kilometre city, everything is near.
- La Terrasse, restaurant on the roof of the museum
- Restaurant L’Estragon
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