Treasures from the deep

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For the most part made up of objects discovered during Prince Albert’s exploratory escapades, the museum’s historical collections comprise tens of thousands of objects, every year attracting researchers from all over the world who wish to back up their findings.

Invertebrates, fish, turtles, fossils… The museum’s reserves and exhibition rooms are testament to a considerable heritage. The most important of these collections is that of the specimens of natural history collected by Prince Albert I throughout 28 oceanographic explorations carried out between 1884 and 1915, from the North Atlantic to Spitzberg.

Comprising several tens of thousands of objects, it includes a wide array of different types, specimens from which the first description of a new species was established. Researchers come through the doors of the Sea Temple every year, using it as a reference point for examination and comparison.

Aided for over 100 years by various donations and acquisitions, our Natural History collection also comprises specimens from illustrious expeditions like those of the Calypso (1961-1982), famous oceanographical vessel of Commandeer Cousteau, prestigious institutions such as the National Museum of Natural History in Paris or from private collectors, like the 1000 shells collected from seas all over the globe by Raymond Ghys.
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