Musée Océanographique

Perched atop cliffs, overlooking the Mediterranean sea was our favorite stop in Monaco, the Musée Océanographique.

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What is funny is that I probably would not have toured it if I hadn’t had Mary Polly with me.  The Musée Océanographique dates from 1901 and was the brainchild of Prince Albert I.

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Jacques Cousteau was even the director of the museum for several years.

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We wandered all around the stunning building taking pictures before entering.

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We loved these mosaic floors in the entryway.

This kind of beautiful detail was found all over the museum, which made the building as much a marvel as the exhibits.

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Ornate stonework throughout.

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The museum is more than just an aquarium.  It’s really a museum of the sea.  All different aspects of marine life, historical and present day, are highlighted.

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The lowest level of the museum is filled with aquariums.

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We stared into tons of blue aquariums, mesmerized by Mediterranean sea life.

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In addition to all the collections of sea life in skeletal and stuffed forms, there were several modern art exhibitions happening at the Musée Océanographique.

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Of the different modern exhibitions, my favorites were these pirate-like metal skeletons that were on fire.

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I was totally fascinated by them.  I think there were three or four different ones.

 

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Another whole hall was dedicated to maritime travel.  Old ship models and maps made up a history of sea faring.

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On top of the museum was a little cafe with lots of outdoor seating, as well as a playground of sorts.  We thought this was so cute.

The views from the top of the Musée Océanographique were of course, breath-taking.

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We spent a good bit of time enjoying the rooftop before we headed back down to the exit.  You exit through the museum shop which was full of cute sea treasures.

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If you only have time to go into one building in Monaco, the Musée Océanographique would be my first choice.  Mary Polly and I both named it our favorite part of our dreamy day in Monaco.

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