A Fishy Story


by Jane Rosenstein


Musée Oceanogaphic de Monaco

Musée Oceanographic

 After gambling  in the  Grand Casino  in Monaco, it is a good idea to save some money to visit the wonferful Musée Oceanographic de Monaco.  Although I visited l aquariums in differentcountries, this one is special for several reasons.

The Oceanographic Institute  was founded  by Prince Albert 1st in 1906  who built the institute to promote his interest in oceanography to the world.   Because of hisfinancial support  and dedication of the current prince, the museum is able  not only to present the fish but also many activities for adults and children.  Prince Albert II of Monaco, the current prince, comes to some openings of exhibitions and continues the work of his great grandfather.

The Oceanographic Institute receives support from  the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco and the Home of Oceans in Paris.

The exhibits of the fish are lively and feature explanations in English, French and Italian.  There are 6000 specimens and often there are videos and hands on experiences. When I visited the Oceanographic there was an exhibiton  about sharks. I was concerned about the caressing pool where I saw children and adults touching baby sharks.   There were exhibits where visitors could touch the sharks’ skin and teeth.

The second Wednesday of every month, the Oceanographic Institute has speakers from scientific, industrial and communtiy services about marine biology.

Currently you can adopt a fish , shark or turtle.  It s interesting for children to adopt because they can learn about the conditions of the ocean. It is easy because there is a big  clear photo of the sea creatue and people can go to website, click on the animals they want to  adopt and pay with a credit card.  The people will receive a photo with their names written and some free invitations to see their adoptees. All the information is on www.oceano. org.

It is good to plan for at least three hours to see hours to see the ocenographic.  There is nice cafeteria on the roof where visitors can enjoy refreshments and see a magnificent view of the Medeterian Ocean.  There is also a very interesting gift shop with many souvenirs for everyone at reasonable prices.

This unique Oceanographic Institute highly recommended. It is worthwhile to go to Monaco just to see the museum.


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Jane Rosenstein is a U.S. citizen living in Paris, France. She is a professional translator/interpreter. She is the owner of The International Connection which does international marketing consultation including sales of wine, interpretation, and translation. She enjoys the cultural life that living in Paris offers and has talents in organizing events. She speaks English, French, and Spanish. She has a B.S. degree in mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.B.A. degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA.