Oceanographic museum #oceanmonaco

oceanographic museum

Oceanographic museum #oceanmonaco

Regular readers of this blog know I would rather see the outside of a museum than inside. Honestly I have always had this idea of if I can’t take picture of it why would I go in? I am sure there are art pieces that stay with you forever but let’s be real not all are Van Gogh. Most likely after the visit I would forget 90% of the pieces hence why I love taking pictures. But most museums just want you to see, not touch or take pictures. Even though I understand I still don’t like it. 

Oceanographic museum

Entrance to the Museum: To the Left is the Shark Museum and To the right is the voyage and lab exhibit

When I walked into the Oceanographic Museum this was my view. Somehow I got lost in this image right here, I had to take a minute to take it all in. Luckily with #oceanomonaco you can take pictures so once I managed to close my mouth I took a picture. I was truly transfixed at this entrance I mean what an entrance.

Oceanographic museum

Entering the top floor of the oceanographical museum on the right are these skeletons. I was already hyper at this point of what’s to come and what a preparation.

The Shark Museum

When you enter the museum you’re caught off guard by the magnificent display of seaslife creatures on the ceiling. It’s just so unbelievably amazing and every piece has information about habitat, where they are found and what they eat. The museum even has seats in front of some display cabinets to give you chance to take it all in. There is a section on sharks where it’s all interactive, where there actually remains a of these creatures. A third section on this floor still same room are pieces that you can touch like shark teeth or skins which are just as sharp.

Oceanographic museum

Oceanographic museum

Once you done exploring the lower part of the museum: two sections with skeletons, one can touch, one can’t. The third part is the interactive part where you learn so much more about the many shark species. Once I was done reading each of the 8+ interactive sections I started to appreciate man is more dangerous than some of the most dangerous sharks in the waters. I have grown up with a great fear of sharks and this museum teaches which are definitely to be scared of and which ones are ok. Ok in the sense that you don’t mess with them they don’t mess with you kind of way.  It was a truly interactive and educational tour and I am so glad I finally entered a museum.

The Voyage

Oceanographic museum

Oceanographic museum

Oceanographic museum

The top deck of this top floor museum houses a lot of marine life species. Not only sharks like the majority of this side of the museum. It was nice going round on the top deck, checking out the shark skeletons hanging in the ceiling.

Once done with this part of the section I walked across the opposite side of the museum. This side was more dedicated to the many boats and laboratory that were used to prepare the many species being brought in. There are journals of Prince Albert I and other explorers detailing their experience exploring the seven seas. It was such an up close and personal side to the museum which I thought was a nice touch and very educational. A little glimpse of the history of the museum, the men behind helping to build the museum collection and many more.

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  1. January 1, 2017 / 2:59 am

    It was an amazing day spent exploring this aweosme museum and the voyage was pretty interesting too

  2. January 1, 2017 / 2:53 am

    Hahaha glad to hear it

  3. Valerie CottageMakingMommy
    December 29, 2016 / 2:07 am

    I would love to see this in person. I love anything to do with water.

    • January 1, 2017 / 3:05 am

      If opportunity knocks definitely check it out

  4. Adriana
    December 27, 2016 / 8:03 pm

    This looks like so much fun! I’d love to go to a museum like this. They can be such a good time for all ages! I love this!

    • January 1, 2017 / 3:04 am

      Oh absolutely, I sure had fun

  5. December 24, 2016 / 4:08 am

    I would love to go to this place with my son. Looks like it is very interesting and educational.

    • January 1, 2017 / 3:04 am

      Very entertaining and educational for all ages

  6. December 23, 2016 / 7:02 pm

    Oh, I think the shark museum would be most fascinating to see in person. I’ll have to take my family soon.

    • January 1, 2017 / 3:04 am

      Hope you manage to as its so worth the visit

  7. Ana Ojha
    December 23, 2016 / 6:49 pm

    The Oceanographic Museum gives the vibes of the Smithsonian Museums in the Washington D.C. as well as Field Museum in Chicago! I totally agree with you that there’re endless things to explore in the museums that it’s too difficult to remember everything. And clicking pictures does make sense!

    • January 1, 2017 / 3:04 am

      Ooooh now I am curious about the Smothsonian and Field Museums

  8. December 23, 2016 / 5:46 am

    The Oceanographic Museum looks awesome! I would love to go there with kids!

    • January 1, 2017 / 3:03 am

      You should if/when opportunity knocks

  9. December 23, 2016 / 3:10 am

    A beautifully designed museum can really suck you in. The Oceanographic Museum looks incredible. I love anything to do with the ocean and the animals in it so I know I would love spending time here.

    • January 1, 2017 / 3:02 am

      The design definitely had me from the start so I am not surprised it’s one of the most memorable places I have visited in 2016

  10. Lisa Rios
    December 23, 2016 / 2:23 am

    When it comes to Museums I do always wonder why they don’t allow us to take pictures though I know there are many who charge for taking pictures. The Oceanographic Museum looks amazing and the pictures are quiet stunning too!

    • January 1, 2017 / 3:02 am

      I know right, I don’t want to commit it all to memory I want physical pictures of the inside of the museum lol

  11. December 23, 2016 / 12:51 am

    Argh….a museum that I knw my better half would enjoy more than me. Interesting and unusual is what he would call it. For me it would be just another zoology class :).

    • January 1, 2017 / 3:01 am

      Hahahaha I know the feeling but this really took me in and captivated me

  12. December 22, 2016 / 10:26 pm

    What a fantastic museum, I would love to visit it. I’m sure little man would love it too! 🙂

    • January 1, 2017 / 3:01 am

      I loved every minute of it and I am sure y’all would too

  13. everythingcurvyandchic
    December 22, 2016 / 6:11 pm

    The Oceanographic museum is a must see, adding this to my list of adventures

    • January 1, 2017 / 3:00 am

      Glad to hear it

  14. chubskulit
    December 22, 2016 / 5:07 pm

    What a beautiful and interesting place to explore! My kiddos would love that!

    • January 1, 2017 / 3:00 am

      It sure is and I bet they would love it. It’s definitely family friendly

  15. December 22, 2016 / 4:29 pm

    What an interesting museum. I’ve never been to an oceanographic museum before but would love to take the grand kids. It would be a great learning experience.

    • January 1, 2017 / 3:00 am

      It sure would and it was my first time too

  16. Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog.
    December 22, 2016 / 3:14 pm

    Thanks for sharing a peek into the museum. I always like to get a sense of a place before I actually walk into it to make sure that it’s worth our time! This looks like a great place 🙂

    • January 1, 2017 / 3:00 am

      I agree too, hence why I miss out of most because I don’t normally have the insight to the place so I dont normally like to risk it

  17. jillconyers
    December 22, 2016 / 10:30 am

    My kids love to visit museums and aquariums. We started going before they could even walk and they still love it.

    • January 1, 2017 / 2:58 am

      Awww sounds absolutely lovely, I am only learning/loving them now

  18. December 22, 2016 / 5:27 am

    WOW! I live for places like this when we travel! I just came from Japan and missed going to something similar. It’s nice to go to places where you can learn about marine life and more!

    • January 1, 2017 / 2:58 am

      Awww bless hope on your next visit to Japan you can visit for sure. And yes it’s important to learn about marine life and how we can help protect our oceans

  19. Our Family World
    December 22, 2016 / 4:20 am

    I’m pretty sure that my kids would love to go in a museum like this! They’re really love seeing thing from a ocean.

    • January 1, 2017 / 2:57 am

      Awww I bet they would totally love it

  20. Victoria Heckstall
    December 22, 2016 / 4:19 am

    What a stunning museum! When I was young, I likely go to a museum that full of history stories.

    • January 1, 2017 / 2:57 am

      Awww sounds lovely. I was never one for museums but loved this one

  21. Norah Salazar
    December 22, 2016 / 2:28 am

    This museum would make a perfect family outing. I could see my kids really into the shark area.

    • January 1, 2017 / 2:56 am

      It would be awesome family outing which would be entertaining and educational

  22. Julie Porter
    December 22, 2016 / 2:16 am

    I so agree with you about the magnificent entrance of this museum, it is completely spectacular! The entire building is gorgeous. The exhibits sound very interesting as well. I’m so glad most sharks do leave you alone as I once found myself quite near one while snorkeling in Jamaica!

    • January 1, 2017 / 2:56 am

      Oh wow I would have either totally panicked or frozen lol

  23. Briana Marie
    December 22, 2016 / 12:51 am

    That shark museum seems so cool! This would be a really fun place to visit.

    • January 1, 2017 / 2:55 am

      It is so worth a visit, its cool, fun and educational

  24. kelly recci
    December 22, 2016 / 12:42 am

    I used to bring my kids to a museum, im sure they will love Oceanographic museum!

    • January 1, 2017 / 2:55 am

      I am sure they would enjoy this visit

  25. December 21, 2016 / 10:43 pm

    This place is awesome! My daughter LOVES sharks so she’d love the shark museum.

    • January 1, 2017 / 2:54 am

      Awww I bet she would love it here then

  26. Ola Broom
    December 21, 2016 / 10:19 pm

    Who new an oceanographical museam could be so exciting? And yes I agree, the entrance is breathtaking.

    • January 1, 2017 / 2:54 am

      Not me that’s for sure until this visit

  27. Eileen Mendoza Loya
    December 21, 2016 / 7:20 pm

    That is one of the grandest museum entrances I have ever seen! I would stand there open-mouthed too. The Oceanographic museum would be a place I would love to visit this coming 2017. I’m adding this to my planning list!

    • January 1, 2017 / 2:54 am

      I couldn’t believe how huge the door was, so breathtaking and amazing place to visit

  28. TinaBowling
    December 21, 2016 / 4:48 pm

    Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever seen such an opulent museum! What a fun and educational trip, thank you for sharing.

    • January 1, 2017 / 2:53 am

      You’re most welcome, it was such an amazing experience

  29. T-Nicole Johnson
    December 21, 2016 / 12:25 pm

    The Oceanographic museum looks like a must see. My son would love seeing the section on sharks. Thanks for sharing!

    • January 1, 2017 / 2:52 am

      You’re most welcome, I was captivated by the sharks section too

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