Oceanographic Museum of Monaco

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Avenue Saint Martin

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Zoos and Aquariums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.3

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  • 4.5Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Founded in 1910 by Prince Albert I (also a sea captain), this museum and aquarium are must-sees in Monaco. The prince went on dozens of expeditions, and the exhibits are the fruits of his explorations: For example, the skeleton of a whale featured in the museum’s zoology room. And the aquarium – widely considered one of the best in Europe – contains more than 90 tanks, one of which is a shark lagoon. 

Most travelers highly enjoyed their visit here. Many said it's a great place to bring kids, as the exhibits are engaging and there are plenty of exotic animals and fish to see.

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 (about $12 to $16) for adults depending on the day; discounts are available for children. For more information, visit the website.

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One of Monaco's most popular beaches, Larvotto is a free-to-the-public shore located just a short walk from Monte-Carlo. But like many French Riviera beaches, this one has pebbles rather than sand, so bring some sturdy shoes and be prepared to shell out some euros for a chair rental.

Travelers recommend this shoreline for visitors of all ages since the water is shallow and calm, and the beach and its facilities are clean. However, families should keep in mind that some beachgoers sun topless here. You should also note that this beach is very popular, so if you want a spot in the sand, you should plan to get there early.

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