Giant squid model hanging from the ceiling at the museum

Monaco Oceanographic Museum explores history, marine life and art

Monaco Oceanographic Museum


Monaco Oceanographic museum was founded in 1911 as a place to exhibit the collections by Prince Albert 1-st. The museum is situated very close to the Palace and the cathedral of Monaco. The building sits at the top of the hill overlooking the sea. One can walk to this location from the train station however be prepared to climb fairly steep streets.

Scenic picture of Mediterranean sea and shores near Monaco Aquarium
Monte Carlo view from the top of Monaco Oceanographic museum

Monaco is a small country and the walk along the streets is very rewarding – beautiful streets, expensive cars and restaurants. Almost everywhere you can see the turquoise Mediterranean sea with cruise ships and large private yachts passing by.

Monaco Oceanographic museum is located in a building that is palace-like with a large grand entrance and beautiful staircase inside. Exhibitions include historic artifacts, marine life aquarium and modern art displays. Rooftop is really special with unobstructed views of the Mediterranean sea, Monte Carlo center and surrounding mountains. There is a very nice rooftop cafe where you can have ice-cream, coffee or other snack and enjoy the views and usually sunny weather.

Monaco coastline as seen from the roof of the museum
Prince Albert 1-st ocean exploration yacht
Museum installation of a shipboard laboratory
Scientist working in a lab aboard the research ship

Museum Recreation of a scene aboard the research ship
Description of the first submarine Tortoise by D. Bushnell
A scientific paper from Prince Albert 1-st expeditions
Whale skeleton suspended from the ceiling
Life-size whale replica
Eagle sculpture decorates Monaco Oceanographic museum
Seagull on the edge of the museum roof
The globe and star sculpture at the top of Monaco Aquarium
Turquoise sea and manicured shores of Monaco

   04.05.2020  by FPImages


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