The Oceanographic Museum (Musee Oceanographique), directed for many years by legendary Jacques-Yves Cousteau, rises from the cliffs in a magnificent location above the Mediterranean.
Dedicated to marine science and oceanography, the museum boasts unique collections of marine fauna collected by Monaco's pioneering "Navigator Prince," Prince Albert I, along with a world famous aquarium and shark lagoon. Four thousand species of fish and over 200 families of invertebrates can be seen swimming in the aquarium. Marine life in magnificent shapes and colors give a unique perspective of oceanic life, displaying the living beauty of the Mediterranean and tropical marine ecosystems with an extraordinarily diverse coral reef.
Exhibitions and collections feature rare species of fish and sea fauna (starfish, jellyfish, seahorses, crabs, lobsters, turtles, eels, sea urchins and sea cucumbers,) and a great variety of oceanographic objects, including model ships, sea animal skeletons and sailing tools.
The Museum celebrated its 100th birthday in March 2010, and is open daily except for the day of the Formula One Grand Prix.