Oceanographic Museum of Monaco

Oceanographic Museum of Monaco

Oceanographic Museum of Monaco
4.5
9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
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Aquariums, exhibitions, games and relaxation…the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco lets you dive into the marine world. From aquariums to its shark lagoon, passing through the Turtle Island located on the panoramic terrace, it offers a unique opportunity to know, love and protect the oceans. A crossroads between Art and Science, this Temple of the Sea is home to over 6,000 specimens and priceless collections of Natural History. Come and visit, with our exhibitions and events, you too can experience the depths of the oceans…
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  • Razorfish
    Little Rock, Arkansas5,293 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The yellow submarine is outside the Oceanographic Museum
    My wife and I visited Monaco during an excursion on a Viking Ocean Cruise this past November. The Museum is in an impressive building on the cliff overlooking the ocean. A yellow submarine is in the plaza outside the museum. Our time was limited so we did not have time to tour the aquarium.
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 October 2023
  • Maria
    Helsinki, Finland1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice museum, rude customer service
    We went to the museum in October, had 1.5 hours before closing. We mainly wanted to see the aquariums, so it was OK. They had a large variety of fish & other sea creatures, very nice. The big sea turtle outside seemed a little lonely and it’s tank was way too small, my teen & I felt sorry for it. Otherwise we really liked the aquariums and wished we had more time to look at all the fish. Our visit turned sour, however, when we went to the shop by the exit (which you have to walk through in order to exit). We were there 10 minutes before closing, all while the staff kept telling people that the museum will be closing NOW. I wanted to grab some stuffed animals for my kids, but were shooed out really rudely by a customer service lady. We left the things without buying them and went out, where I noticed that it’s 5 to - we still would have had five minutes! So yes, we could have gone earlier, but if it says closing at 6 PM, you would assume that you have time until then?!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 October 2023
  • Karen I
    80 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic Awuarium
    Absolutely loved visiting here. The aquarium is the best we have ever visited. The Museum above the aquarium was very interesting and detailed the links of the Monaco Royal Family. There is also an escape room challenge for those that are inclined.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 October 2023
  • Christine P
    Vancouver, Canada306 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Variety of sea life to explore and learn about
    A beautiful historic building houses the aquarium, it has 5 levels, with a variety of sea life, including turtles to look at up close. The interactive polar exhibits are interesting and unique. The grand hall of the sea life cabinet of curiosities is definitely a sight to behold. Learned a lot at the aquarium. Spent about 2 hours (2 adults) exploring all the exhibits and viewing platforms. Go early. Buy your tickets online way ahead of time. There was a huge lineup for people buying tickets on site when we were leaving the aquarium around noon.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 November 2023
  • Vladi C
    36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place for a time with family and kinds
    Great Place where to go in Monaco with family and babies. Really nice place to visit with kids. A lot of space with panoramic view. Museum wonderful, interesting to spend some time here. And it could be interested like for kinds and adults as well. Sea world is so amazing. Our nature is so amazing and thank you Oceanographic museum in Monaco for such opportunity to see it by own eyes.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 December 2023
  • skyfluff1
    34 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Busy, but lots to see
    We visited this museum on the last day of our trip, as it was raining and there wasn’t much else to do. Unfortunately, everyone had the same idea as us, and the place was packed, which meant waiting to see some of the exhibits, and avoiding feral children running around. However, the aquarium itself was large, with a variety of animals including an octopus and a turtle which you don’t always see. I don’t know about the ethical aspect of keeping such animals in tanks, as other reviewers have mentioned, so I will have to do some more research. The actual museum part was beautifully done, with classic decor in keeping with the old building, with the actual exhibits and art integrated seamlessly. The exhibits were engaging, with plenty of information and different styles, e.g. a big boat you could go in, holograms, an immersive arctic experience, etc. This part of the museum was also quieter than the aquarium. Main thing we didn’t like about the museum was the cafe, which was on the roof, and required us walking along the slippy rooftop in the rain to get to. Cafe was dated and they didn’t serve a huge variety of food so we just ordered coffee, which arrived lukewarm. Other than that, it was a good day out.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 April 2024
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David W
London, UK125 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
Stunning building built into the side of a cliff overlooking the blue Mediterranean, possibly the grandest facade you will see for an aquarium! Inside we started off in the aquarium which was by far the busiest section but was not overbearing and you could still view all the exhibits at your leisure, the large main tank was stunning. There is an outside tank for the rehabilitation of turtles which overlooks the sea, giving the turtles the sights, sounds and smells of the open ocean. Besides the aquarium your ticket also gives access to a large museum full of maritime artifacts, art and skeletons of sea creatures. A great way to pass a few hours and amazing value for money.
Written 9 February 2020
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Kristen T
Stuttgart, Germany772 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
My husband and I were only visiting Monaco for a short period of time before spending most of our trip in France. We chose to visit the ocean museum instead of some of the more popular sites (Monte Carlo, for example) since it was more along our lines of interest. The parking area for the museum is super convenient. We were a little confused about the best way to get from the parking to the museum entrance. We probably just couldn't follow directions well, so we walked up many stairs and through alleys. The museum is in a beautiful building with great architectural details. The museum had tanks of interesting fish and sea creatures and we appreciated that many of the displays and information were in English so we could learn more about what we were seeing. The museum gift shop is spectacular! I don't normally comment on that, but the shop has curated some beautiful pieces along with the usual items like magnets, post cards and the like. If you enjoy learning about sea creatures, I recommend a visit to this museum.
Written 31 July 2022
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vtc2017
Miami, FL1,761 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
In my opinion this is the main attraction of the “Rock”. The “Temple of the sea” built more than 100 years ago by Prince Albert I, how was a passionate navigator and explorer. Inaugurated in 1910 after 11 years of construction this 4 story building looks like is carved in stone. More than 4000 species of fish and 200 invertebrates calls home more than 90 tanks. The lagoon is the main attraction. One floor is dedicated to the career of navigator and marine researcher of Prince Albert I who led 28 expeditions. One of the first submarines is exposed here. In a shape of a wooden barrel and rudimentary ways of powering and maneuvering its incredible that was able to submerses.
Written 13 January 2020
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Wendy d
Amstelveen, The Netherlands37 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Bought tickets to avoid the long lines, however the museums scanners cannot read the barcodes. First I was brought to a cashier, who then send us all the way back to a long line of visitors. I’m sure it’s worth the wait, but this is quite inefficient.
Written 6 August 2020
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Emily B
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
We visited this stunning aquarium on 27th August 2023. It was a cloudy day and intermittently raining, therefore we thought an aquarium was a safe bet. Well, I think everyone else had the same idea as us! There were staff counting the number of visitors on the door yet this seemed to be pointless considering you could hardly move due to the amount of people inside. There is such a diverse range of fish yet we couldn’t see a thing. There were children running around and screaming, licking the windows of each tank and pushing in front of everyone to see the fish. The children were not the only issue as most of the visitors seemed to think it was ok to shove their bags into others, move others out of the way and just look at their phones and bash into everyone. No one seemed able to follow the clearly labelled route - it was utter carnage! We loved the sea turtle however again it was ruined as children bashed on the glass and climbed the rocks meaning it was impossible to get to close. Such a shame as this aquarium really is very good. What surprised me the most was that we did not see a single staff member the whole time we were there. Perhaps the number of people needs to be limited and staff employed to offer help and guidance to people who find it difficult to interpret clear signage? I don’t think we will be returning - the rain sounds much more appealing.
Written 29 August 2023
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Christine P
Vancouver, Canada306 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
A beautiful historic building houses the aquarium, it has 5 levels, with a variety of sea life, including turtles to look at up close. The interactive polar exhibits are interesting and unique. The grand hall of the sea life cabinet of curiosities is definitely a sight to behold. Learned a lot at the aquarium. Spent about 2 hours (2 adults) exploring all the exhibits and viewing platforms. Go early. Buy your tickets online way ahead of time. There was a huge lineup for people buying tickets on site when we were leaving the aquarium around noon.
Written 1 November 2023
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Dara
Bulgaria51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
The museum is very nice. There are aquariums with various fish, jellyfish and mollusks. There's a monument ship where you can enter and take pictures of yourself. There is a skeleton of various marine animals. There is also diver gear. To get out of the museum you need to go through the souvenir shop, where prices are not high.
Written 14 April 2023
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jivais
Clermont-Ferrand, France36 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
I am a frequent visitor of this museum and am very disappointed at the way it is developing : less and less space is left to live fauna and more and more space is dedicated to celebrating the glory of the Grimaldi family. The latest animation (so called immersive experience) has nothing to do with science. Screens cannot replace live fauna.
Written 20 April 2022
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Maria
Helsinki, Finland1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We went to the museum in October, had 1.5 hours before closing. We mainly wanted to see the aquariums, so it was OK. They had a large variety of fish & other sea creatures, very nice. The big sea turtle outside seemed a little lonely and it’s tank was way too small, my teen & I felt sorry for it. Otherwise we really liked the aquariums and wished we had more time to look at all the fish. Our visit turned sour, however, when we went to the shop by the exit (which you have to walk through in order to exit). We were there 10 minutes before closing, all while the staff kept telling people that the museum will be closing NOW. I wanted to grab some stuffed animals for my kids, but were shooed out really rudely by a customer service lady. We left the things without buying them and went out, where I noticed that it’s 5 to - we still would have had five minutes! So yes, we could have gone earlier, but if it says closing at 6 PM, you would assume that you have time until then?!
Written 25 October 2023
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Mmc
6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
We came away from our visit very deflated and disappointed. It did not live up to the narrative the website suggests you are going to experience from your visit. The turtle odyssey which stated we would be taken on a “ fabulous journey of sea turtles” had one sea turtle, who by the way looked under stress where it had placed itself in the darkness corner, in a small tank for such a large turtle. (We have been reassured it undergoes regular veterinary checks and is in good health).
The shark lagoon described as a huge tank was deep but not wide and in comparison to other aquariums around the world such as London, Sydney and Denmark it was very underwhelming.
The terraced rooftop restaurant was shabby and in need of updating, it did have a spectacular view but that was all it had going for it.
I complained to the Aquarium and asked for a refund as these places just take your money no matter what and actually we need to step up and say if we feel unhappy, we came out of there feeling cheated and miss sold. Their response was shameful. They suggested that the turtle odyssey was a structure of refuge dedicated to marine species, which it may well be but that was not how it was advertised, they continued to say it had many tortoises (which it did) and implied that was a reason for us to accept the Turtle Odyssey only had the one turtle.
The response about the restaurant stated it was not in modern style but offered Mediterranean cuisine and family dishes so that our visitors can have a nice meal, I was not disputing the menu.
They did apologise for not meeting our expectations but could not offer a refund, so were happy to take our money regardless.
A shameful response from a place renowned world wide for sophistication and the aquarium being supported by Monaco’s Royal Family.
I would not recommend a visit we did not feel it was worth the money.
Written 25 June 2024
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