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Museum of Stamps and Coins

Terrasses de Fontvieille
MC 98000, Monaco
Tel.: (+377) 98 98 41 41
Fax: (+377) 98 98 41 42

General Information
Open daily
From October 1 to June 30: from 10:00AM to 5:00PM
From July 1 to September 30: from 10:00AM to 6:00PM
A gift of a postage stamp will be given to each paying visitor
Duration of visit: 1 hour
Rate (per person): 3€
Children from 12 to 18 years old, pensioners and students: 1.50€

Description
This museum opened its doors in 1996 to show off H.S.H. Prince Rainier III's magnificent private collection of Stamps and Coins. Of modern design, it contains, in two specially laid-out rooms, rare philatelic items from the postal history of the Principality as well as the documents (models, hallmark proofs, color tests…), which have been used to print the stamps since the first “Charles III” in 1885 up to the present day.

Also on display, a copperplate rotary press used for printing Monégasque stamps for 60 years that was offered by the French postal Administration; a video presents the history of Monégasque philately and all stages involved in creating a stamp up to the point of marketing. The space reserved for coins, bank notes and commemorative medals demonstrates to visitors the numismatic quality of the Principality since 1640.
Resolutely turned towards the future, the Museum also has a multimedia area where all Monégasque coins and stamps can be examined.

National Museum of Automatons and Doll of Yesteryear

17, avenue Princesse-Grâce
MC 98000, Monaco
Tel.: (+377) 93 30 91 26
Fax: (+377) 92 16 73 21
www.monte-carlo.mc/musee-national

General Information
Open daily
From October to Easter: from 10:00AM to 12:15PM and from 2:30PM to 6:30PM
From Easter to the end of September: from 10:00AM to 6:30PM
Closed January 1, May 1, November 19, December 25 and the fours days of the Grand Prix race
Rate (per person): 6.00€
Children from 6 to 14 years old and students: 3.50€
Duration of visit: 40 minutes

Description
This is a fascinating world of automats and dolls of yesteryear in period costume presented in show-cases containing miniature furniture and everyday items thus recreating the sophisticated atmosphere of the XIX century; this is just what Madeleine de Galéa had in mind when she put together her collection.

The automata are proof of the Parisian makers’ highly surprising ingeniousness at the end of the last century. Completed by a very interesting Neapolitan crib, this marvelous collection is housed in a splendid campanile villa designed by Charles Garnier, the architect responsible for the Paris and Monte-Carlo opera houses, and set in a terraced rose-garden decorated with pieces of modern sculpture.
The automats are demonstrated to the public several times daily.

Naval Museum

Terrasses de Fontvieille
MC 98000, Monaco
Tel.: (+377) 92 05 28 48
Fax: (+377) 92 16 05 84
www.musee-naval.mc

General Information
Open daily: from 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Rate (per person): 4€
Children from 8 to 14 years old: 2.50€
Duration of visit: 45 minutes to 1 hour

Description
This extraordinary collection includes some 250 superb scale models of famous sea vessels, some of which have come from H.S.H The Sovereign Prince’s private collection.

The models of the great transatlantic liners, such as the Titanic and the Normandie (10 feet long!) are exhibited alongside exploration ships including Captain Charcot’s “Pourquoi Pas”, Captain Cousteau’s Calypso and Alcyon and Dr Jean-Louis Etienne’s Antartica, as well as training ships, sailing ships from previous centuries and many war ships… the Jeanne d’Arc, the battleship Missouri, impressive aircraft carriers (the model of the Nimitz is 5 meters long!) and Japanese torpedo submarines.

This collection “Europe’s most complete and varied” retraces the fascinating history of shipping.

Oceanographic Museum & Aquarium

Avenue Saint-Martin
MC 98000, Monaco
Tel.: (+377) 93 15 36 00
Fax: (+377) 92 16 77 93
www.oceano.mc

General Information
Open daily
From October to March: from 10:00AM to 6:00PM
From April to June, and September: from 9:30AM to 7:00PM
July and August: from 9:30AM to 7:30PM
Rate (per person): 11€
Children from 6 to 18 years old and students: 6€
Duration of visit: 2 to 3 hours

Description
Inaugurated in 1910 by its founder, Prince Albert I, this exceptional museum of marine sciences is a monumental architectural masterpiece with a grandiose façade rising majestically above the sea to a height of 279 feet. It took 11 years to build, using 100,000 tons of stone from La Turbie.

The impressive rooms of the Museum, open to the public on two floors, contain remarkable collections of marine fauna gathered by Prince Albert, numerous specimens of sea creatures (stuffed or in skeleton form, including the skeleton of a 66 foot whale), models of Prince Albert’s laboratory ships, and craftware made from the sea’s natural products. Part of the first floor is dedicated to the oceanographic works of Prince Albert 1,“Career of a Navigator”.

In the basement, the visitor can enjoy the spectacular delights of the world-famous aquarium with its extraordinary show of marine flora and fauna. With 4,000 species of fish and over 200 families of invertebrates, the aquarium is now an authority on the presentation of the Mediterranean and tropical marine ecosystem. Its latest creation, the “Shark Lagoon”, unveils in a giant tank the diversity and extraordinary colors of the coral reef and its inhabitants.
On the ground floor, exhibitions and varied film projections are regularly presented in the sumptuous décor of the “Conférence room”.
Finally on the top floor, it is possible to have lunch in the restaurant "La Terrasse" admiring a magnificent panorama of the Principality of Monaco and the Italian Riviera. A museum shop is also available.

Wax Museum of the Princes of Monaco

27, rue Basse
MC 98000, Monaco
Tel.: (+377) 93 30 39 05

General Information
Open daily
From October to February: 11:00AM to 5:00PM
From March to September: 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Rate (per person): 3.80€
Children from 8 to 14 years old: 2€
Duration of visit: 20 to 30 minutes

Description
Situated on the Rue Basse, one of the most picturesque streets on the old town, this museum depicts historical episodes in the Grimaldi dynasty from the late XIII century to the present day. The wax figures are life-size, and many of them wear authentic period costumes.