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, this Temple of the Sea has become an international benchmark. Towering 85 metres above the waves, it offers a dazzling dive in search of over 6,000 specimens and stands as a place for discussions and culture, for sharing experiences regarding the protection of the ocean, the common heritage of humankind.
From its aquariums to its historical collections, from the Shark Lagoon to Turtle Island on the panoramic terrace, the Institute offers a unique opportunity to learn to understand, love and protect the ocean.
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.