Become a true field reporter and go on a mission to the heart of the poles at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco,
to meet their emblematic ecosystems!

VISITOR INFORMATION: The « Immersion » exhibition will be closed from Monday 17th to Wednesday 20th June included in order to improve the quality of the visitors’ areas.

The polar worlds in the heart of the Oceanographic Museum

Projection walls 9m high!
a trip in 6 acts

step N°1


This majestic emblem of the Far North, the polar bear, is an endangered species, and the number of individuals has a tendency to decline. There are two main reasons for this: global warming, which is causing its habitat to disappear, and melting ice, which is making its search for food more precarious.
All the more so as its prey, mainly certain seal species, are vulnerable for the same reasons. These giants, whose lives are closely tied to the pack ice, are gradually moving away from northern regions, sometimes coming dangerously close to villages in search of food.

To illustrate this vulnerability, the polar bears are depicted in a fragile setting. L’effondrement de pans entiers d’icebergs et le craquement constant de la glace sous les pas des visiteurs rappellent la précarité de leur habitat.



Seals are accustomed to taking refuge offshore on pieces of pack ice to escape predators. The accelerating melting of this drifting ice is forcing these large mammals to adapt their way of life and seek ever more distant shelters. Belugas are threatened by pollution and disturbed by the exploitation of underwater mineral resources. These large cetaceans, also known as white whales, are forced to dive longer and deeper to find their food.

By interacting with these two species, the public is encouraged to feel empathy for these mammals. As they become more aware of their environment, they realize that an entire ecosystem is being altered and, as a result, weakened.



The Antarctic region boasts a rich and unique biodiversity, where orcas and elephant seals have evolved far from human predation for millennia. But today, men no longer hide their claim on these distant lands: orca overfishing has begun.

Immersed in the sublime scenery of the South Pole, between the aquatic ballet of this majestic marine mammal and the shrieks terns and colonies of elephant seals, visitors learn about a world they know nothing about, and at the same time become aware of the urgent need to protect it.



Krill is the food of many underwater species, the basis of an entire food chain. But overfishing is also threatening the abundance of these tiny crustaceans.

Witnessing the gargantuan meals of humpback whales reveals not only their organization and ingenious hunting methods, but also their dependence on this food.



Antarctica’s famous Emperor penguins have developed a lifestyle that is unique in the world. A formidable organization that enables them to survive in this particularly hostile environment. But they too are threatened by the lack of food resources, by the global warming and melting ice. Adults have to go further and further out to sea to find food, at the risk of not returning in time to feed their young. Thus weakened, penguin populations are tending to decline. decrease.

Enveloped in a blizzard at the center of the penguin colonies, visitors can try to clear the snow to catch a glimpse of the penguins. The public’s perception of the harshness of the climatic conditions will make them aware of their exceptional environment.



This scene is a serene invitation to marvel at nature’s enduring source of inspiration. A poetic moment where subtlety mingles with fragility, magnifying the magnetic and atmospheric phenomena that are at the heart of our universe. the origin of this celestial spectacle.

m² of interactivity
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species to discover
different settings

Technology at the service of knowledge

Contemplate the polar aurora, dive under icebergs to meet seals, belugas and narwhals, attend the meal of the whales, discovering penguins through a blizzard… Or how to push back the limits of reality and offer a unique experience that mobilizes the living. This is what the “IMMERSION” room (stage 4 of the tour) offers, with almost 650m2 of projection space, where thousands of visitors will experience the unique and overwhelming sensation of being at the poles. A journey in which they can interact with the content, the environment and the species.

This experiment, part of the “Mission Polaire” exhibition, was made possible thanks to a virtual replica of the extreme regions, their environment, atmosphere and the species that inhabit them. A complete change of scenery made possible by the use of state-of-the-art technology and a monumental projection system. Computer-generated images offer exceptional scenographic possibilities for cultural and scientific venues, without sacrificing the rigor and exacting standards demanded by a site like the Oceanographic Museum.

One of the aims of this show is to use wonder and emotion to raise visitors’ awareness of the threats facing the poles, their fragility and the risks this poses for the planet as a whole. The aim is to create a link between man and an ecosystem that is generally inaccessible to him, to be spectacular while making sense, to dazzle while raising awareness. The system is also based on a pedagogical approach, enabling the Oceanographic Museum’s animators to take control of the session and guide visitors through an even more knowledgeable experience.


A tool for teaching

The Oceanographic Museum’s educational department offers dedicated activities during the vacation periods and for school groups. A tailor-made visit for young visitors is made possible by a specially designed “teaching mode”. The presenter can freeze certain scenes in the device to better observe a species or comment on its behavior. A multimedia library is also available to the animator, who can project an educational sheet, a film or an anatomical plate at any time to enhance the experience.

Cutting-edge technologies

This “life simulator is designed around a mix of matte painting, CGI and real-time 3D animation. Matte painting is a cinematographic process involving the painting of a set on a flat surface, into which one or more animated scenes created in post-production are integrated. Real-time computer-generated imagery is produced live in response to visitor actions or situations, as opposed to images produced in post-production. Le dispositif utilisé au sein de la salle «IMMERSION» juxtapose ces deux techniques pour gagner en réalisme et en vitesse d’interaction.
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As part of its programme of actions to raise awareness of and support for the protection of coral reefs, the Oceanographic Museum wishes to exhibit the Monegasque artist Michel Aubéry for a third time, from 4 November 2020 to 3 February 2021.
And in this year 2020 dedicated to the coral, Michel Aubéry was inspired by the coral reefs and the animals that live there.
Production of the new works has been underway since the beginning of 2020.

Michel Aubéry

Born in Monaco, Michel Aubéry started drawing at the age of nine with pencil and Indian ink. Dragons and all sorts of fantastic animals were his first subjects.

As a teenager, he exhibited his gouaches for the first time at the Rauch Gallery in Monte-Carlo in 1962 under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Princess Grace of Monaco.

In 2007, he started painting again after meeting the famous painter-sculptor Philippe Pastor, who made him want to share his passion.

Since 2009, he has regularly exhibited his work and this is the third time that the Oceanographic Museum has offered its visitors the opportunity to discover his work.

An exhibition of paintings

Nearly forty works are exhibited in the Conference Room of the Oceanographic Museum, including about twenty for the first time. All of them are dedicated to the marine world, a favourite subject of the artist. At the request of the Oceanographic Museum, he agreed to focus on the reef world to create new works in shimmering colours.

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Michel Aubéry

“My inspiration comes naturally. It’s a bit of a subconscious thing. Sometimes I dream at night and that gives me ideas. Very often the paintings I am going to make are already present and clear in my head. It’s spontaneous. I don’t need to look at other works to express myself. »

Michel Aubéry

Two passions are better than one!

After graduating from the School of Decorative Arts in Nice, he became an art teacher at the “Famous Artists School” in Monaco for several years. He also distinguished himself in the sporting field, first as a player, then as a trainer and finally as President of the AS Monaco Association, the amateur part of the club. The press then said of Michel Aubéry that he ” formally refutes those who try to oppose culture and sport, by devoting a great passion to football “.

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No support resists him

Helmets, footballs, surfboards, mats, shoes, plastic bottles and even racing cars! In 2014, at the request of Jacques Nicolet, president of Oak Racing, he customised the bonnet of a Le Mans 24-hour race car. Michel Aubéry speaks out everywhere and on everything! In this year 2020, darkened by the crisis of the COVID 19, Michel Aubéry does not let himself be defeated, he creates masks with bright colors taking again elements of his works.

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Corail vue du dessus - Immersion sous l'eau - Musée océanographique de Monaco

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Dive the Great Barrier Reef



The exhibition is over! The Great Barrier Reef exhibition gives way to a new exhibition: “Polar Mission.

This new tour route covers 5 thematic areas spread over two levels. First discover the poles and their wildlife, via the men and women who populate and explore them. Objects and documents, digital content and immersive devices come together and complement each other for a 360° experience.


The Great Barrier Reef in the heart of the Oceanographic Museum

Get ready for some great encounters

Enter the IMMERSION hatch, get advice from your dive guide and discover the different species you might encounter. Here, all encounters are possible in a single dive: from humpback whales to carpet sharks, from barracudas to fluorescent corals…

Let's take a trip to the surface

Contemplate and interact with the species you encounter, as if you were diving.

Before your eyes is revealed an incredible biodiversity sheltered in the heart of one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral ecosystem on the planet. Discover the richness of life on the Great Barrier Reef from sunrise to sunset.

Catch your breath!

At the end of your virtual dive, at the crossroads of contemplation and interaction, discover that coral reefs, true oases of life, are unfortunately threatened and that it is necessary to act to protect them

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Musée Océanographique de Monaco
Exposition Immersion - Nagez avec les raies - Musée océanographique
Musée Océanographique de Monaco

IMMERSION In a few words :

A fully reconstructed living environment that will react to your movements.

Species modeled from real images, movements and interactions recreated from behaviors observed in the wild to offer you a realistic diving experience.

Day and night scenarios have been freely imagined to offer you a “single dive” to meet the most emblematic species of the Great Barrier Reef.

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species to discover

Projection walls 9m high! Day and night diving


Scripted by an international team of designers, in close collaboration with the Oceanographic Museum and its partners, as well as divers and biologists, the experience is intended to be both entertaining and engaging.

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Emblematic species

The technologies used have a realistic and natural rendering thanks to the real time projection system. Get into the skin of a diver exploring his environment. Interact with the different marine species and have fascinating encounters!

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Mobula birostris

Lives between -1 and -120 m

Size up to 7 m span

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Grouper PATTY

Epinephelus tukula

Lives between – –10 and – –400 m

Size up to 2 m

Poisson clown - Immersion - Musée océanographique de Monaco


Amphiprion ocellaris

Lives between – –3 and – –15 m

Size up to’à 11 cm

Baleine à bosse - Immersion - Musée océanographique de Monaco


Megaptera novaeangliae

Lives between – –1 and – –170 m

Size up toto 19 m

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Triaenodon obesus

Lives between -1 and -330 m
Size up to 2 m and more, for large individuals

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Cheilinus undulatus

Lives between – –1 and – –60 m at least

Size up toup to 2,30 m

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Tridacna gigas

Lives between – –50 cm and – –15 m

Size up toto 1,50 m

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Chelonia mydas

Size the carapace can up to 130 cm long


At over 2,300 km in length and 348,000 km² in area, the Australian Great Barrier Reef is the largest animal-made structure on the planet. This feat is the result of small animals that are great engineers: the reef-building corals. They secrete a calcareous skeleton making them the main actors of underwater buildings. Commonly called “hard corals”, there are about 1,600 species. Since 1981, the Great Barrier Reef has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, joined in 2008 by the double barrier reef of New Caledonia.

Although they cover only 0.2% of the oceans, coral reefs are home to 30% of marine biodiversity. These oases of life, essential to mankind in many ways, are nevertheless threatened on a large scale. As part of its 2020 thematic programme devoted to coral reefs, of which the “IMMERSION” exhibition is the high point, the Oceanographic Museum is offering as many people as possible the opportunity to witness the beauty and fragility of these ecosystems.

Source: Coral, A treasure to preserve. Editions Glénat, in partnership with the Oceanographic Institute, 2020

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Our partners

Today, the Sovereign Prince of Monaco is by right the Honorary President of the Institute’s Board of Directors, which is composed of ten members who maintain close ties with the Principality. Two of them are also appointed by the Sovereign Prince, today H.E. Mr Bernard Fautrier, Vice-President and Managing Director of the Foundation, Minister Plenipotentiary in charge of missions to the Ministry of State for issues related to sustainable development, and Mrs Marie-Pierre Gramaglia, Government Counsellor – Minister of Equipment, Environment and Urban Planning in the Government of Monaco. As a result, the Government of Monaco is one of the closest partners of the Oceanographic Institute.

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In June 2006, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco created his Foundation to respond to the worrying threats to our planet’s environment and to promote sustainable development. At the international level, the FPA2 mobilizes citizens, politicians, scientists and economic actors to defend nature, the common heritage of humanity. The APF2 supports projects to protect and restore coral reefs impacted by climate change. It is committed to developing Marine Protected Areas to safeguard these ecosystems, which are essential to biodiversity and the livelihood of local populations.

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For nearly a century, Rolex has supported pioneering explorers, pushing the boundaries of human endeavour. With the Perpetual Planet campaign, launched in 2019, Rolex is making a long-term commitment to help explorers protect the environment.

Rolex’s commitment to the ocean is reflected in partnerships with the National Geographic Society and Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue initiative, for example, and in the Principality of Monaco, beyond the Oceanographic Institute, the company supports the Monaco Blue Initiative, Monaco Ocean Week and the Yacht Club of Monaco.

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As Monaco’s leading bank, CFM Indosuez is passionate about its commitment to society and the environment. Its support for the Oceanographic Institute aims to accompany its teams in their mission to raise awareness, convince and engage as many people as possible in protecting the ocean and its biodiversity. Created in 1922 by Sovereign Order, CFM Indosuez is both internationally oriented and firmly rooted in the Principality, with 30% of its shareholders being Monegasque. The bank has adopted the raison d’être of its majority shareholder, the Crédit Agricole Group: to act every day in the interests of its customers and society.

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In charge of managing, operating and developing France’s 3,000 stations, SNCF Gares & Connexions is committed to constantly improving the quality of its operations, inventing new services and modernising its assets for its 10 million passengers and visitors every day. Born of the conviction that stations are places of life in their own right, it is constantly enriching these “urban villages” in order to contribute to the dissemination of culture to all audiences. In close collaboration with the major cultural institutions, both national and local, SNCF Gares & Connexions designs more than 100 exhibitions, interventions and artistic events each year, most of them new, throughout France. Art in stations, as a new invitation to travel.

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For its 50th anniversary, October 2019 marked the inauguration of the South extension of CAP3000, with 135,000 m2 offering an experience that goes beyond shopping, in a grandiose site with a sea view. Following the opening of the immersive 360° video space OCEANS, and CAPSULE@CAP3000, its innovative concept store dedicated to digital trends where art and culture meet, CAP3000 is rethinking itself as a real place to live. Around an enhanced experience with ever more sensory experiences thanks to 70 new stores, 250 boutiques, 40 panoramic restaurant spaces with a sea view in the long term and an expanded range of services simplifying the shopping experience, around a responsible and socially responsible CSR approach. The first centre in the world to be awarded the Biodivercity label, and the 4th largest employer in the Alpes-Maritimes, CAP3000 is committed to being Europe’s most beautiful new-generation shopping centre by the sea by 2020.

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Every month, the Le Parisien-Aujourd’hui en France brand reaches 22 million French people* with a diversified news offering (national, international and local news). 3rd press brand, owes its success to its non-partisan editorial line and its commitment to helping readers understand the world of today and tomorrow. Le Parisien – Aujourd’hui en France, the number one newspaper in France in terms of circulation, has a daily circulation of 290,355 copies**. Le Parisien also publishes Le Parisien Éco every Monday and the news magazine Le Parisien Week-end every Friday. is the3rd largest news brand in France with 19.6 million internet users***.

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Every month, Science & Vie Découvertes offers its young readers 84 pages to devour, with: a large thematic dossier, news on animals, science, cinema, books, exhibitions… comics and games. Science & Vie Découvertes allows children to understand the world around them on their own and leads them to new paths of exploration.
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Special program around the great expeditions of Laurent Ballesta

In September on ARTE and

Since 2013, ARTE has been following the Gombessa expeditions of biologist and underwater photographer Laurent Ballesta with the aim of bringing these spectacular expeditions to the general public to discover new marine ecosystems and behaviour. In July 2019, ARTE’s cameras followed him on his last major expedition: Planet Mediterranean(Gombessa V). Trailer:

To accompany the broadcast of this exceptional film, ARTE will propose the re-broadcast of
700 sharks in the night
(about another expedition by Laurent Ballesta) and new documentaries about the sea and the oceans such as
The Drunkenness of the Deep, Orcas in Peril

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The Odyssey of Sea Turtles - The exhibition


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The Coral Guardian association exhibits the coral at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco

The CORAIL photographic exhibition allows us to discover the remarkable story of traditional Indonesian fishermen, from the small island of Serava Besar off the west coast of the island of Flores, protecting and restoring the destroyed ecosystem on which they directly depend for their livelihood: the coral reef. This island is located in the centre of the Coral Triangle, the epicentre of the planet’s marine biodiversity . 6 million km², 76% of the coral species, and 56% of the coral reef fish in the Indo-Pacific region. It has more biodiversity than anywhere else in the world.

The CORAIL photographic exhibition will run from June 20, 2020 to January 3, 2022.

Martin Colognoli

In 2012, Martin Colognoli, a marine biologist, co-founded Coral Guardian, a French non-profit association under the 1901 law. Coral Guardian is dedicated to the conservation of coral ecosystems thanks to the local communities that depend on them, to raise awareness and to participate in scientific discoveries.

Survivors from the dinosaur era

More than twenty large-format images immerse visitors in the fragile world of coral reefs, highlighting the harmony between humans and nature: a message that is both urgent and full of hope.

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You tell me, I forget. You teach me, I remember. You involve me, I learn.

Benjamin Franklin.

Serial killers

Coral Guardian is distinguished by the development of concrete actions of reef restoration on the ground involving local populations. Through its actions, the association has acquired a unique experience in the field. The involvement of the people who depend directly on these ecosystems has allowed the creation of a sustainable restoration model based on science and practice. Indeed, the commitment of the main stakeholders is a key factor for success. The projects then have a lasting and concrete impact on the situation of the communities, who take ownership of them.

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We are the solution

Rising water temperatures, sea levels and ocean acidity (effects of climate change) are threatening coral reefs around the world. Scientists estimate that we could lose up to 70% of the world’s coral reefs in the next 50 years. Overfishing and highly destructive fishing techniques, such as bomb fishing and cyanide, are responsible for depleting fish stocks to a level that may be irreversible. Despite the growing threats, there is hope. The reefs of the Coral Triangle have survived for millions of years and some species are coping surprisingly well with the effects of climate change. This is why the Coral Triangle holds secrets that raise hope among scientists. The greatest source of hope for the Coral Triangle is its people who depend on it so heavily.

To be discovered in the staircase of the Princess-Alice Hall...

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The team is in the midst of transplantation. The coral colonies are fragmented and then firmly attached to the metal support. One month later, these corals will have, thanks to their calcareous skeleton, enveloped the structure to fix themselves and will then begin their growth towards the sun.

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In this island fishing village, fish is the main source of protein. The average consumption is 4 to 5 kilos per day to feed a family. The fish species consumed are mostly dependent on the coral reef.

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The evolution of an area restored in just three years. This is a perfect illustration of the return of the coral reef to an area where the bottom is constantly moving. These structures provide solid support for transplanted colonies. The environmental conditions are favourable for the return of life.

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The Odyssey of Sea Turtles - The exhibition

From their appearance on earth millions of years ago to the threats to their existence, from the magic of egg-laying to the actions taken to preserve them, the great adventure of marine turtles is told at the Oceanographic Museum in the brand new exhibition The Sea Turtle Odyssey.

Echoing the visit to the brand new space presenting the turtles of the Monegasque Care Centre, the exhibition familiarises us with the history of this fascinating and mysterious animal. Among other things, it allows us to understand that if we are potentially on the verge of extinction because of our daily practices, both individual and collective, each of us is also part of the solution for their conservation.

The Oceanographic Institute, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Explorations de Monaco and all the partner organisations are mobilising for the turtles through their actions without borders, and invite you to participate actively in their protection.
To be seen before the beginning of January 2020!

Survivors from the dinosaur era

With 150 million years of existence, sea turtles have already survived a massive extinction crisis that saw the disappearance of dinosaurs and many reptiles. This module allows you to discover the remains of some of the ancestors of today’s marine turtles, and in particular the reconstruction of a 66 million year old Archelon fossil, measuring 5m by 2m50!

a small family

As one of the oldest animals on our planet, sea turtles have spent millions of years adapting to become the animals we know today. Only seven different species of sea turtles still frequent our oceans. From the shallow seagrass beds of the Indian Ocean to the colourful reefs of the Coral Triangle, from the white sandy beaches of the Pacific to the shores of the Mediterranean, discover the incredible odyssey that these extraordinary animals still live.

Serial killers

After surviving many natural hazards, marine turtles are now threatened by humans at all stages of their development despite their protected status. Their formidable odyssey has become a real obstacle course, on land and at sea, as they know no borders. This module looks at the obstacles that litter their itinerary, such as coastal occupation, poaching, the impact of fishing, pollution, plastic waste, etc.

Monaco, a haven for turtles

At the instigation of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, spokesman for the cause of the oceans in international bodies, Monegasque players are joining forces to protect marine turtles… Discover through this exhibition the numerous actions carried out by the Principality aimed at the general public, decision-makers and those working in the field

We are the solution

At the Museum, you can now make an individual commitment to the turtles in an original way and make it public immediately!

At the end of the tour, when the threats to the turtles are obvious, as well as the fact that each of us is part of the problem, we invite everyone to get involved to become part of the solution! 6 commitments for simple daily gestures that participate, in a way, to a common work: each photo taken composes a mosaic illustrating a sea turtle…

At the Oceanographic Institute, we believe in the power of the individual and the impact he or she can have in their daily choices!

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The exhibition ”The Littoral Zone” by Marc Quinn, which lasted from 12 May to 15 October 2012, drew in 377,000 visitors to the Museum.

It gave all these visitors food for thought as to the origins and cycle of life, via some captivating works.

Faithful to the wish of its founder Prince Albert Ist, who wanted to ”combine in a single splendour the two guiding forces of civilisation: Art and Science”, the Temple of the Sea opened the doors of the fascinating universe of Marc Quinn to the public. 

The mere title of the event was an invitation to explore each room of the Museum as a space where the boundaries between the land and the sea, life and death and museum and modernity disappeared like waves washing up on the shore.


In total, around sixty paintings, sculptures and installations were on display in the rooms of the Museum, and on its large forecourt and panoramic terrace. 

They included colossal marbles illustrating the growth of the foetus over the nine months of pregnancy, fascinatingly realistic oil paintings and even the artist’s famous self-portrait, made from his own frozen blood. 

The work Burning Desire, a flamboyant hybrid red orchid over four metres in size, has even become a permanent part of the landscape in the Principality of Monaco, where it is now installed in the famous Place du Casino.

A dialogue between the past and the present, ”The Littoral Zone” breaks the mould by combining historical collections with contemporary works. Visitors were able to dream, enrich their knowledge and marvel at this large-scale exhibition, a truly alchemical blend of the artist’s universe and the world of the oceans.

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Going beyond misunderstandings

A sensational exhibition about sharks

From 2013 to 2017, the Oceanographic Museum offered its visitors a sensory exhibition to meet the sharks: Sharks, the Sensory Exhibition.

Through this new experience, a large audience was able to overcome their prejudices and discover the true nature of these sea lords.

This exhibition is no longer on display at the Oceanographic Museum. But you will still be able to meet sharks and find a lot of information about these essential species. Take advantage of our website to learn more about them and our actions for their conservation.

Why an exhibition about sharks?

In our imagination, the shark is often limited to a succession of frightening images, a heavy legacy of Hollywood thrillers.

By offering an exhibition on this theme, the Museum has helped many visitors overcome this bad reputation.

Far less deadly than jellyfish (50), mosquitoes (800,000) or road accidents (1.2 million), sharks kill less than 10 people per year.

Essential to the health of ecosystems, these large predators are now threatened. Every year, more than 100 million sharks are killed by humans.

To raise public awareness of their protection, the Oceanographic Museum has chosen this animal as one of its thematic focuses, notably through this exhibition.

Requins Expo

A caressing pool to apprehend one's fears

With this innovative attraction, visitors were invited to overcome their apprehensions by putting their hands in a special pool that allowed them to brush against real sharks.

Certainly not great white sharks, but these species, however small they may be (pyjamas sharks in particular…), have allowed many visitors to change their attitude and beliefs towards this animal.

An interactive fresco to deepen your knowledge

The gigantic digital fresco, 20 m long and 3 m high, revealed (thanks to a system of interactive mats) the characteristics of a dozen species of sharks, represented on a real scale.

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Fresque interactive Requins

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After its roaring success at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, the exhibition ”On Sharks & Humanity” travelled to Moscow, Russia, before returning to Beijing to be displayed at the National Museum of China.

View our documentary opposite and take a behind-the-scenes look at how the exhibition was put on.

This exceptional exhibition was a huge success in Monaco, drawing in over 490,000 visitors.


“On Sharks & Humanity” was then displayed to Russian audiences on 28 May 2015 at the Ekaterina Cultural Foundation in Moscow.
Here again, the works from contemporary Chinese artists were designed to make people thing about the problems facing sharks and other species of fish endangered by human activities.


As part of its ”Sharks” exhibition, the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco presented the artistic initiative ”On Sharks & Humanity”. This was more than an art exhibition; it was a face-to-face juxtaposition with sharks.. 


This international exhibition, whose main theme is sharks and their conservation, features 11 unique works created specifically for the Museum by 10 avant-garde Chinese artists and one Monaco artist. Each work casts a singular regard on our complex relationship with sharks and, by extension, on our relationship with nature.


Visitors actively choose the form of their visit and are addressed directly by the works. As soon as they arrive, they are captured in a giant fishing net. Trapped by the power of the and the symbolic scope of the works, they become aware of the essential role played by sharks in regulating marine ecosystems and the negative impact of overfishing. From the entrance hall to the panoramic terrace, via the rooms of the Museum, large-scale installations, sculptures, paintings and poems intertwine, raising questions as to the justification of human actions.


”On Sharks & Humanity” was complementary to the sensorial and scientific exhibition of the Museum within which it was hosted, and also gave visitors the chance to express themselves by writing on a board, for all to see, their own plea to save sharks, in accordance with the principle of ”Everyone is involved and everyone is responsible.”.

This exhibition, launched by Parkview Arts Action, draws on the works of a collective of modern Chinese artists and focuses on sharks and their preservation.

Supported by the Parkview Arts Action organisation and hosted in collaboration with the international charity WildAid, ”On Sharks & Humanity” uses the universal language of Art to raise public awareness across borders and cultures.

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The Odyssey of Sea Turtles

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The Oceanographic Museum of Monaco presents the monographic exhibition Borderline, by artist Philippe Pasqua.

His large-scale works, most of which are made to order, will be juxtaposed with the museum’s legendary collections to give rise to a unique dialogue.

The art of Philippe Pasqua plays with limits. It nudges boundaries, pushes frontiers and frees itself from them. His work, violent and immodest, is in equal parts troubling and fascinating, and confronts visitors with the dilemma of whether to soak up the work or look away, a reflex more from defence than from indifference.

“Philippe Pasqua questions, interrogates and disturbs but never leaves visitors indifferent. It is the ideal detonator to shock people into awareness of marine and land life”,  in the words of Robert Calcagno, Managing Director of the Oceanographic Museum.


The artist was charmed by the architecture of the Oceanographic Museum and supports its cause, and has created an exhibition in the museum’s image, sincere and plural. 

Twelve large-scale works, including seven original creations, are displayed all across the Museum – from the forecourt to the panoramic terrace, via the Le Rocher cliff, overlooked by the century-old building.


For Philippe Pasqua, his taste for large-scale works is juxtaposed with his attraction to the most vulnerable and profound things. Cracks and splinters are shown in size XXL. The artist is instinctive and does not think through his work, giving visitors carte blanche to interpret them, as he believes that art transcends the verbal and the visual.”The beautiful part is the evocative power of it”, he admits. The beauty of a work of art lies in the emotion it generates, the way it speaks to the heart.

The solution is in every one of us

The artist expresses his full sensitivity here and questions the public on their relationship with nature, death and rebirth.

 ”Using these cherished items, he plays with the ambiguous relationship that mankind maintains with the marine world, somewhere between fear and fascination, to confront the public with the current challenges of protecting biodiversity, adds Robert Calcagno.

These ecological challenges, which have been an integral part of the Museum’s identity since it was founded, can be found in these creations.

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The Odyssey of Sea Turtles

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Australia, Oceania and the art of the peoples of the sea


Between 24 March and 30 September 2016, Aboriginal and Oceanian art was honoured at the Museum in TABA NABA, a major exhibition on the theme of the ocean and water.

The project was structured around three complementary sections, developed with three partners recognised for their work in this very particular form of art.


The first instalment was devoted entirely to creating and presenting six large-scale installations created by 50 major Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists who, through their works, are raising a cry of alarm against the pollution of the oceans. Rather than taking a morbid look at these environmental issues, the artists chose to approach them with humour and subtlety. This first chapter was designed to unfold like a fairy tale. The works on a massive scale that will be displayed inside and outside the museum will give visitors the impression that they have been transported to the poetic world of Alice in Wonderland.

Living Waters

“Living Waters” presents a selection of modern Aboriginal paintings taken from the Sordello & Missana Collection alongside works from Australian artists invited to contribute that illustrate the intercultural themes of the exhibition and their relationship with water. In addition to an installation realised by a collective of artists, which is the central point of the exhibition, videos and photographs from famous young native artists raise questions of the sacred and the profane and open a window towards new contemporary artistic practices.
Paintings from Aboriginal artists from the private collection of HRH Prince Albert II of Monaco are also being displayed.


Playing the visions of Oceania islanders and Australian Aborigines off against each other and highlighting their similarities without hiding their differences is the aim of this voyage through works from times past and modern works.. Didiez Zanette focuses on the cultural relations maintained by the Pacific peoples with the sea, by displaying traditional navigational items, artifacts from the Salomon Islands, a series of New Guinean portraits and an extensive collection of Baining marine animal images.

Exhibition spaces


defending the ocean as a central theme of the art of the Aborigines and Torrest Strait Islanders”, curated by Stéphane Jacob, assisted by Suzanne O’Connell


“Living Waters”

a project from the Sordello Missana Collection, curated by Dr Erica Izett, assisted by Dr Georges Petitjean and Donna Carstens



Islanders past masters in navigation and artistic expression”, curated by Didier Zanette

See also


The Odyssey of Sea Turtles

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