Oceanographic Museum & Aquarium

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Oceanographic Museum & Aquarium Reviews

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World Class Aquarium in Monaco Jul 11, 2010
I wouldn't have expected to find a world class aquarium in Monaco. Celebrating its 100th anniversary, the Musee Oceanographique is one of the best aquariums I've seen. Founded in 1910 by Prince Albert I, this museum is located high above the cliffs of Monaco, with spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea. For many years, Jacques-Yves Cousteau was director of this museum and his influence is obvious.

While there are two above ground floors of exhibitions, the main attractions are the aquariums on the two basement floors. These aquariums are filled with fish from all over the world including tropical species, Mediterranean species, lagoon species and even endangered species. On the second basement floor, there is a wall size tank with several sharks, which I could have spent hours watching. I had to shudder watching the size of these animals (and their teeth!) while looking up at the sharks. It felt a little like watching the movie "Jaws" up close.

The aquariums are filled with all sorts of wildlife including jellyfish, starfish, octopus, lobsters and camoflauged bottom feeders. The displays are well labeled, with translations in four languages.

Unfortunately, it is tough to take photos as the museum is strict about this but the variety of species on display is impressive.

Upstairs are exhibits of historic expeditions, skeletons and model ships, but for me, the aquariums are the draw. For a 13 euro entry fee, this museum is well worth the price.

After looking through the exhibitions, be sure to visit the restaurant on the top floor. There is an open area to take photos with incredible, unobstructed views of the Mediterranean. Tourists can also look across at the skyline of Monte-Carlo. While the restaurant is expensive (four euros for an ice cream!), the unbelievable views are worth the price.

I never expected to find a first-rate aquarium in Monaco but this museum is well worth the visit. I spent several hours at this museum and left wanting more.
Entering the museum
Octopus sculpture just outside the…
Looking into one of the aquarium t…
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dallastexas says:
Great review nice pictures
Posted on: Jul 12, 2010
Africancrab says:
Nice review Donna, thanks for sharing.
Posted on: Jul 11, 2010
bernard69 says:
thanks for sharing Donna,they did and do a lot for marine life BUT it is said that 25 years ago,accidentally,they released the killer algae,Caulerpa Taxifolia that spread along the Mediterranean coast,even the best can do mistakes!
Posted on: Jul 11, 2010
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maxcw maxcw
10 reviews
May 21, 2006
My Lonely Planet guidebook said that if you are going to visit one aquarium in Europe, this is the one to see. First of all, it's perched on thebeautiful cliffsof the Cote d'Azur. The exhibits themselves are great, with sea life from all over the world.Information panels beside the tanks are in French and English, and Italian. Onecanalso justtreat the aquarium like an art gallery, ignoring the scientific side and just admire the gorgeous animals of all different shapes and colors.
What a location!
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