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Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, Monte-Carlo

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Housed in an architecturally impressive building which teeters on a cliff edge looking out to sea, Oceanographic Museum of Monaco offers educational marine exhibits in an opulent setting. Home to the Mediterranean Science Commission, the museum provides exhibits that will delight young and old. Highlights include the shark lagoon with its 6 m (20 ft) glass walls, where you can see blacktip reef sharks, nurse sharks, sea turtles, and moray eels. Move through the museum to see the turtle island and the tactile pool, which gives kids a chance to touch the fauna and flora of the Mediterranean. To visit Oceanographic Museum of Monaco and get the most from your holiday in Monte-Carlo, create itinerary details personal to you using our Monte-Carlo itinerary maker.
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  • It is one of the few attractions you can find in big shot city, Monte Carlo! It is very luxurious comparing to most of aquarium museums around the world. 
  • A nice tour for kids, obviously there are a lot of people! The outdoor terrace is nice for a drink while the kids play. The prices are affordable but staff not very friendly
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  • My father is a big fan of Cousteau's activities, and of course it was fun to visit this museum-masterpiece. The two hours flew by unnoticed. I was exciting and interesting to see near the unique marine life.
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  • Amazing places, kids just loved the place. So many different fishes, jelly fish were the most amazing one's.
  • What a GREAT gift shop!!! It's large, has much selection and it's reasonably priced! I picked up three t-shirts, for between 12.90 and 17.90 Euro, all with Musee Oceanographique De Monaco on the tag and appropriate design on the front (one's a turtle, another of the yellow sub out-front of the building, and the final of a masted ship). I am happy to support their efforts. Also picked up two posters, one a 1930s style ad for the museum, and the other a collage of the many types of dolphins in existence. My checkout clerk conscientiously wrapped both posters well for the trip back to The States. And I am happy both made it without being crushed (though the stewardesses on the flights back sure went through the push & smush efforts to cram everything in the overhead bins to get the doors closed--PHEW!!!) Anyways, the manager for this gift shop deserves high marks as this was probably the single best effort I have come across. [HORRIBLE is the effort at the Cannes International Film Festival gift shop! Imagine a cheesey t-shirt with a mock red carpet and crowd control ropes with the writing "I was born to walk on the red carpet at Cannes" on the front for the low price of $28 Euro!!! That's a gift shop that just isn't trying and likely sells very little memorabilia to their fans. YUCK!] Anyways, admission to the Musee Oceanographique De Monaco is $14 Euro for adults but a discount card for $2 Euro off can likely be found in the lobby of your hotel. The exhibits open to the public at present are on the first floor and lower. The upstairs is presently closed for renovation. It's a good display of aquatic life and worth your time. Got me in the mood for Planet Sushi, which is a bit of a hike but worth a visit too.
  • I really enjoyed his aquarium which surprised me. It was a lot of fun to see the different species up close. The view from the roof is very good as well
  • Great aquariums with lots of different fish. Our 10month old son loved it. We spent a good 2-3 hours here. (The museum part we didn't find interesting and only took us 15mins)
  • Amazing displays of our fishy friends. There are interactive, informational plaques next to the fish that can be translated into English, French, or Italian. I wish they would have had more interesting info on some of the fish.
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