Built on the side of the mythical Rock of Monaco, the Oceanographic Museum has been watching over the oceans for over a century. Founded by the Prince Albert I, great grandfather of H.S.H. Prince Albert II, it was designed as a Palace entirely dedicated to Art and Science.
From the ornamental facades to the adornments in the salons, everything in the Museum's architecture evokes the marine world. Since its inauguration on 29 March 1910 and with more than 6,000 m2 open to the public, this Temple of the Sea has positioned itself as an international point of reference. Crowned 85 meters above the sea, it is an invitation to a wonderful dive and discovery of more than 6000 specimens; a place of exchange and culture, which confronts experiences concerning the protection of the oceans, the common heritage of mankind.
From the aquariums to the collections of Natural History, including the Shark Lagoon and the Turtle’s Island situated on the panoramic terrace, the Museum offers to visitors a unique learning experience to know, love and protect the oceans.
Faithful to the vision of its Founder «to gather together in a common eclat the two driving forces of civilization: Art and Science», the Oceanographic Museum opens its doors to contemporary art and hosts major exhibitions by renown international artists like Damien Hirst, Huang Yong Ping, Mark Dion, Marc Quinn and Philippe Pasqua.
An extraordinary monumental jewel conceived by a visionary Prince, the Temple of the Sea is today a key element of the Monegasque identity. With more than 665,000 visitors in 2015, the Museum is one of the esteemed attractions of the Principality also engaged in the scientific, economic and touristic arena.