Oceanographic Museum of Monaco
Oceanographic Museum of Monaco (Avenue Saint Martin, Monaco) — built on the side of Monaco’s legendary Rocher (Rock of Monaco), the Oceanographic Museum, founded by Prince Albert II of Monaco’s great-great-grandfather Prince Albert I, has been watching over the oceans for more than a century. The Museum is renowned throughout the world for its expertise and has more than 6,000 specimens on display.
Every aspect of the Museum’s architecture evokes the marine world. Since it was opened in 1910, this Temple of the Sea, 6,500 sq. meters of which are open to the public, has been an international benchmark for loving, protecting and raising awareness of the oceans. There is also an aquarium on the premises. Come face to face with sharks and piranhas, observe the clownfish and the awe-inspiring stonefish with its lethal spines, and admire the captivating boxfish or bizarre sea horses. Admission: €11 (adult/low season); €16 (adult/peak season), €7 (students & youth ages 13-18/low season); €12 (students & youth ages 13-18/peak season); €5 children (ages 4-12/low season); €8 (children ages 4-12/peak season); €7(disabled). Hours vary. See its website for an updated schedule: www.oceano.mc