Rendez-vous at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco
The Oceanographic Museum of Monaco has a special quality: it towers over its subject in the truest sense of the word. Imagine a huge Romanesque-Byzantine building overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, while containing its most precious treasures.
Built on the side of a mountain in 1910 by Albert the First of Monaco, this palace invites you to discover the world of the sea. A mix of entertainment and education, your visit will be undoubtedly filled with surprise and wonder.
The Shark Lagoon
Start by exploring the world of the sea and its wildlife.
Discover the awe-inspiring Shark Lagoon! Different species of sharks are kept here such as the Black-Tip Reef shark and the Nurse shark that will dance before your eyes in a giant 20ft tank.
A majestic marine ballet presented in a reef-filled scene, housing 6000 different tropical fish in a true-to-life replica of their natural sea home. Enjoy the multicolour display, amplified by an ecosystem of coral unique to the world: the Djibouti reef.
Feel a connection with sea life
After admiring the wonders of the sea, take the opportunity to stroke a starfish, pet a baby shark or even feel the prickles of a sea urchin... there’s nothing like being able to physically connect with the sea! Experience an extraordinary encounter with the Mediterranean, which contributes to 7.5% of the world’s sea fauna, and 18% of the world’s sea flora.
Climb to the panoramic terrace at the top of palace and take in a wonderful view of the glistening Mediterranean, as radiant as it is colourful.
Beyond playful activities for children are concerned, the sea temple terrace offers a special surprise: giant turtles, including endangered species such as the African Spurred Tortoise.
Thanks to the animation team, discover the habitual way of life for these reptiles, known for having the largest shell in the world.
Permanent collections and Exhibitions
The Oceanographic Museum also offers a large variety of exhibitions and collections throughout the year:
- Samples from natural history
- Devices for measuring, harvesting and underwater exploration
- Historical art and ethnographic objects
- Iconographic collections
Musée océanique de Monaco
MC 98000 Monaco