Oceanographic Museum of Monte Carlo
Founded in 1910 by Prince Albert I (also a sea captain), this museum and aquarium are must-sees in Monte Carlo.
This Baroque Revival building overlooks the Mediterranean.
Founded in 1910, famed ocean scientist Jacques-Yves Cousteau served as its director for three decades. It is home to collections of sea life, such as sharks, turtles and shellfish, as well as model ships and sea animal skeletons. An aquarium in the basement is home to 4,000 species of fish. The aquarium features Mediterranean and tropical water ecosystems. The aquarium – widely considered one of the best in Europe – contains more than 90 tanks, one of which is a shark lagoon.
Open daily year-round, the museum welcomes visitors between 9:30 and 10 a.m and closes anywhere from 6 to 8 p.m., depending on the time of year. Tickets cost between 11 and 14 euros for adults depending on the day; discounts are available for children.