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Monaco Naval Museum (Musée Naval de Monaco) Tours and Activities

Monaco Naval Museum (Musée Naval de Monaco)
Home to over 250 model ships, as well as numerous naval objects and artworks, the Monaco Naval Museum was founded in 1993. Drawn from the collection of shipbuilding enthusiast Professor Claude Pallanca and supplemented with artifacts owned by Prince Rainier III, it remains one of the city’s most fascinating and unusual institutions.

The Basics
Located in Monaco’s Fontvieille district—fittingly just steps from the waterfront—the Monaco Naval Museum (Musée Naval de Monaco) was founded by a passionate collector and model maker. Professor Claude Pallanca began constructing model ships as a child, and, after a stint in the navy, started to collect naval objects in earnest. Following the museum’s opening in 1993, its collection has only grown, and today it includes everything from detailed models, ancient artifacts, and maritime paintings to submarines and a World War II–era manned torpedo.

The Monaco Naval Museum can be seen during full-day tours of the city, while its curated collection size also makes it easy to plan a quick or impromptu visit.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Discounts on admission are available for children and large groups.
  • Collection highlights include a detailed model of the Titantic and an ancient vessel recovered from an Egyptian tomb.
  • Many models in the collection have regal origins, and some of the oldest were even built by Prince Albert I, who was a passionate explorer and oceanographer.

How to Get There

Conveniently located in Fontvieille, the Monaco Naval Museum is just a 20-minute walk from Monaco’s main train station (or only a 5-minute commute by taxi). It can also be reached by bicycle.

When to Get There
The Monaco Naval Museum is open daily 10am–6pm, except on December 25 and January 1. It takes approximately one hour to explore the museum’s collection, making it easy to drop by for a visit between other sightseeing stops.

Neighboring Museums
If you’re looking to plan a culture-packed day out in Monaco, you’re in luck: The Monaco Naval Museum is within steps of several of the city’s other fascinating museums. After your visit, drop by the Museum of Stamps and Coins or explore the grand Monaco Top Cars Collection, an automotive museum packed with rare classic cars.
Address: Terrasses de Fontvieille, niveau 2, Avenue Albert II, 98000, Monaco
Admission: Varies
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