Oceanographic Museum of Monaco
The Oceanographic Museum sits proudly on the west side of Le Rocher, the crown in the principality. The museum was founded by in 1906 by Prince Albert I and is well known for its association with legendary undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau, who was its director from 1957 to 1988.
A stunning piece of architecture built from limestone originating from La Turbie in the mountains above Monaco - it took eleven years to complete and appears to rise from the sea, forming part of the cliff itself. Its location in Saint-Martin Gardens only adds to its impressive nature.
The two main floors of the museum host the displays which change regularly. On the rooftoop you can find a cafe as well as wonderful views of the Mediterranean Sea. The basement is home to aquariums of different sizes housing a varied selection of marine life from jellyfish to small sharks. The museum occasionally plays host to exhibitions from well-known artists.
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