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Musée Océanographique (Oceanography Museum)

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Perched dramatically on a cliff, this museum is a splendid Edwardian structure, built under Prince Albert I to house specimens collected on amateur explorations. Jacques Cousteau (1910–97) led the missions from 1957 to 1988. The main floor displays skeletons and taxidermy of enormous sea creatures; early submarines and diving gear dating from the Middle Ages; and a few interactive science displays. The main draw is the famous aquarium, a vast complex of backlighted tanks containing countless species of fish, crab, and eel. Make time to visit this musée; if possible, take in one of the remarkable exhibitons, like Shark Lagoon and its 450,000 liter aquarium, running until 2015.

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  • Address: Av. St-Martin, 98000
  • Phone: 377/93–15–36–00
  • Cost: €14
  • Hours: Apr.–June and Sept., daily 10–7; July and Aug., daily 10–8:30; Oct.–Mar., daily 10–6
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  • Location: Monaco
Updated: 12-19-2013

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    The aquariums were absolutely spectacular. I was absolutely fascinated by the variety and type of sea life represented here. Although i can get by in French I was relieved that signage was in English also (not much up on french scientific terms!) The exhibits of Prince Albert I sea research were also very very interesting. I can't imagine going down in a WOODEN diving bell; can you!?

    There was an exhibit from the recent wedding of the current Prince - kind of cheesy in my view -- but some I'm sure would enjoy it.

    The admission is rather pricey -- 12 or 15 euros as I remember. But in my view, the aquariums alone were worth the price.

    by tansay, 11/11/11

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