Oceanographic Museum in Monaco – The World of Sea Creatures
The Oceanographic Museum in Monaco looks like it’s carved directly out of the rock wall, and it offers a great insight into the world of sea creatures.
The visit can be appropriately concluded on the terrace on the upper floor, which offers a cozy restaurant, a small climbing playground and superb views of the city and the sea.
Oceanographic Museum in Monaco deserves its place in the top three
This museum is in the top three of the Top-20 list of the most popular experiences on the entire Côte d’Azur, and it is so deserved.
The museum is divided into five floors
The five floors are divided as follows:
Level 0 Admission
Level -1 Aquariums
Level -2 Aquariums
Level +1 Museum of Finds, Tools and Instruments
Level +2 Terrace with Restaurant, Climbing Playground and Vantage Point
See the large image gallery at the end of the article.
Level 0: Entrance hall, shop and exit
Here you go in and later out through the shop. Furthermore, on this floor you can experience some large beautiful halls, which among other things, are used for conferences.
On the first floor you meet stands a statue of Prince Albert Ier (the museum’s founder). In the hall on the right (a conference hall), you can experience the Grimaldi’s coat of arms on the end wall.
In the room on the left, adjacent to the shop, admire some beautiful fluoridating corals.
Level -1 and -2: Aquariums
Take the stairs or elevator by the corals to get down to floors -1 and -2, respectively, where there are many beautiful aquariums.
Here you can experience over 4000 fish and sea creatures – everything from clownfish to moraines and sharks. There are a total of 90 aquariums, all of which get their water supply from the Mediterranean just across the walls.
From here there is also access to a lovely small outdoor area with a pool with sea turtles and nice views.
Level +1: Museum
After experiencing the amazing aquariums, it is again time to come to light on the first floor and explore the many exciting museum items.
On the way into the museum room, you will meet a giant octopus hanging from the ceiling and acting as a lamp, and the floor is decorated with sea monsters and giant crabs.
Inside, a wide range of artifacts, finds, instruments, tools and maps of the explorers’ journeys across the world’s oceans are on display.
Here is also a special imprint of Jacques-Yves Cousteau (1910-1997) who, for a time, was head of the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco after Prince Albert’s death in 1992.
Level +2: Restaurant & Terrace
What’s better than resting your legs after the impressive experiences with a small serving. This can be done appropriately on the very top floor, on the terrace, at the equally cozy restaurant La Terrasse.
Up here you get a fabulous view of the city, the coastline and the Mediterranean.
If you have young children, they will probably find the small climbing playground quite enjoyable.
By Tommy Sverre – 2022
Gallery from Oceanographic museum in Monaco:
January, February and March: 10-18
April, May and June: 10-19
July and August: 09.30-20
October, November 0g December: 10-18
Last entrance 30 min. before closing time.
Closed December 25 and during the Formula 1 Grand Prix weekend
(usually 3rd weekend in May)