Musée Océanographique de Monaco

Avenue Saint-Martin, 98000 Monaco

With Monaco facing the Mediterranean, it is no wonder Prince Albert I was passionate about marine biology and conservation. Looking to promote marine sciences and educate others, the prince opened the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco in 1910. There are now more than 6,000 fish, as well as a shark lagoon and an important collection of live coral. Still dedicated to ocean conservation, the museum works closely with scientists and artists to inspire public interest.

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In 1881 professor Milne Edwards led a historic expedition to the depths of the Gascogne Sea. Reports of his adventures inspired Prince Albert I to build a centre dedicated to marine biology. His Musée Océanographique de Monaco opened in 1910 and little more than a century later it plays a key role in marine research and conservation. Home to 6000 fish and 300 invertebrates, the museum stands on the “Rocher”. Jacques Cousteau’s first submarine, the Anorep 1 decorates the grounds, with cliffs plunging into the Mediterranean in the distance. Photo : Sylvia Sabes

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