Exhibition

Sensory exhibition with a chance to meet sharksFrom Saturday 8 June, Oceanographic Museum
16 May

Sharks in Monaco

The new exhibition at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, "Sharks," will open on 8 June 2013

From 8 June, World Oceans Day, the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco will offer visitors a sensory exhibition, with a chance to meet sharks.  

Through a new visitor experience, the public will be invited to enjoy a real adventure, to overcome their prejudices and discover the true nature of these lords of the sea.

Quite naturally, the tour will begin with the aquariums and the Shark Lagoon, a giant 450,000-litre aquarium containing several specimens, from the imposing 3m-long nurse shark to the impressive black tip sharks, as well as some new occupants, the grey reef sharks.

A huge digital fresco, 20 m long and 3 m high and resembling an aquarium will reveal the biological and behavioural characteristics of around ten different species.  The sharks are shown life size, and will swim around in front of the visitors, who can bring them to life using interactive controls.

To show the public the special structure of a shark's jaws and teeth, several large models will be on show in a "Gallery of Smiles."  

Visitors will be invited to use their sense of touch and will be allowed to place their hands on the impressively large jaw of a tiger shark – up to 55 cm high with the mouth open.  Looking through a porthole, visitors can also immerse themselves in a world without sharks.  A frightening simulation!

Finally, to bring about a reconciliation between humans and sharks, visitors who wish to can put aside their nervousness and slide their hand into the water to stroke the back or side of a pyjama shark, striped leopard shark or starry smooth-hound.  A unique experience.

The "SHARKS" exhibition will be open from 8 June 2013, for two years:

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15 Jul

Activities at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco for Summer 2013

The Oceanographic Museum is in summer mode and is offering a wealth of activities until 4 September 2013

The Oceanographic Museum of Monaco's summer programme

From 10 am to 8 pm:  Shark Stroking Pool.  Meet at the temporary exhibition room (Level 0)
Gently and with respect, visitors can enjoy close contact with sharks!  Helped by the Museum's activity leaders, visitors can slip a hand into the water to stroke the back or side of a Pyjama shark, Leopard shark or Smooth-Hound shark.  An unforgettable experience.

11 am:  Feeding time for the fish
Meet at the Aquarium (Level -1)
The "residents'" daily meal is a spectacular, not-to-be-missed interactive show.  Sitting in front of the aquarium, their eyes riveted on the fish, children won't miss a minute of it.

12 pm, 3 pm and 6 pm:   Shark Exhibition Discovery Tour
Meet at the Whale Room (Salle de la Baleine) (Level 1)
Who are they?  Where do they live?  Are they dangerous?  An activity leader will explain the thousand and one facets of these mysterious predators, from the tips of the sharks' teeth to their fins and from the Mediterranean to the other side of the world.  During their visit, visitors will undertake a virtual dive to make contact with sharks.  They'll have the magical world of these feared but endangered creatures at their fingertips – when it comes to Man or shark, the predator isn't necessarily the one you'd think …

1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm and 5 pm:  The Touch Pool!  (Special ticket and registration at the ticket offices) Meet in the Entrance Hall (Level 0)
Get close to starfish, feel the prickles of a sea urchin, stroke a baby shark from the Mediterranean … For 45 minutes, guided by the activity leaders, small children can learn with their hands!

5 pm and 7 pm:  Meet the Tortoises
Meet on the panoramic terrace (Level 2)
Who's hiding under the biggest shell in the world?  An activity leader will explain the characteristics of the Spurred Tortoises, which have come down through the centuries and are now under threat.

From 11 am to 8 pm:  The Cinema of the Sea
Meet in the Lecture Room (Salle de Conférences) (Level 0)
A special programme of films linked to the "Sharks" exhibition to enable you to better understand these lords of the sea.

And finally, a different way of discovering the Museum!  Evening Visits!
Every Wednesday in July and August, until midnight, meet shark experts at lectures for the general public (8.30 pm), by speakers who are both fascinated and fascinating … 

Further information on:  www.oceano.org


20 Jul

Monaco’s Oceanographic Museum moves to summer opening

Late-night openings, children’s programmes, temporary exhibitions… a whole range of activities are planned as part of the ‘Sharks’ exhibition

Late-night opening at Monaco’s Oceanographic Museum

During July and August, Monaco’s Oceanographic Museum is holding special late-night opening hours every Wednesday from 20:30. The Museum’s entire 6,000m2 space, all dedicated to the sea, will be open to visitors until midnight, offering them the opportunity to experience an encounter with sharks as part of a major sensory exhibition. Visitors will also be able to attend public conferences hosted by speakers while exploring the shark exhibition in a more intimate atmosphere.

Discover the marine world programme for 8–12 year olds

The Oceanographic Museum is taking advantage of the school holidays to raise awareness among the younger generation by offering a programme which will help them to discover the marine world. This summer, eight one-week sessions are planned between 8 July and 30 August. The programme for young explorers includes a sensory voyage to explore the world of sharks. The programme is held between 09:00 and 17:00 and includes a meal. The children will be looked after by a team of teachers.

MC Nuances presents ‘Croc’Art’ between 29 June and 21 July 2013

Again as part of its new exhibition dedicated to sharks, the Museum is offering members of the Monaco artistic association MC Nuances the opportunity to come and express themselves on the subject of these fascinating lords of the sea. A total of 20 artists, former pupils of the Ateliers Publics, will present their personal interpretation of the shark through around 40 works displayed in the Conference Hall at the Monaco Oceanographic Museum.

Full details are available at:  www.oceano.org
11 Aug

Meeting with Yves Coppens at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco

On 14 August 2013 the eminent palaeontologist will lead a conference entitled “Man, Animal and Fear” as part of the Nocturnes at the Museum

“Every animal ecosystem is made up of predators, of animals that feed on others; and so, of course, these ‘others’ feel fear.” 

During the “Man, Animal and Fear” conference, French palaeontologist Yves Coppens will explain how our fears of wild animals were born and how they have developed over time.

Meeting with Yves Coppens
Wednesday 14 August at 8.30 pm
Oceanographic Museum

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15 Oct

"Snapper Club" at Monaco's Oceanographic Museum during the Autumn School Holidays

The MOM is organising a discovery course on the marine world for children aged 8 to 12

To raise awareness among the younger generations, the Oceanographic Museum (MOM) is offering a discovery course on the marine world with the "Snapper Club."

Two one-week sessions are being organised during the autumn school holidays.  The programme for young explorers includes a look behind the scenes, feeding the fish and a sensory journey with a chance to meet "SHARKS," the theme of the exhibition that has been open to the public since 8 June.

For one week, during the school holidays, the children will be welcomed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (meals included), in the magical setting of the Oceanographic Museum.  They will be looked after by an educational team and will take part in games and all kinds of activities centred on the oceans and the creatures that live in them – an opportunity to awaken young children's curiosity, encourage their thirst for knowledge and give them ideas for future interests and vocations.

Snapper Club
From Monday 21 October to Friday 25 October and from Monday 28 October to Friday 1 November from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco.

Bookings on http://goo.gl/dtYl8 or by telephone on +377 93 15 36 40

18 Oct

It's Holiday Time at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco

The Museum is offering some exciting activities during the autumn school holidays, from 19 October to 3 November 2013

During the autumn school holidays, the Oceanographic Museum is offering children the chance to make their visit even more fascinating, with all kinds of activities.

Every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.:  a thrilling dive into the marine world … An opportunity to discover or rediscover the "Sharks" exhibition!

2 p.m. and 4 p.m.:  Discovery tour of the "Sharks" exhibition
An activity leader will explain the many facets of these mysterious predators - from the tips of their teeth to their fins, from the Mediterranean to the other side of the world.

10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.:  Shark stroking pool
Meet at the temporary Exhibition Room (Level 0)
Gently and with respect, members of the public can slip a hand into the water and stroke the back or side of a Pyjama Shark or a striped Leopard Shark.  An unforgettable experience.

10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.:  In search of the "Mystery Shark"
Meet in the Whale Room (Level 1)
Children will set off with their family in the tracks of the Mystery Shark, with the help of a book of puzzles, available free of charge at the ticket office.  A fun way to discover this exhibition on the lords of the sea – the Sharks - from another angle.

11 a.m.:  Feeding time for the fish
Meet at the Aquarium (Level -1)
Not to be missed – the daily meal of the Oceanographic Museum's "residents."
A spectacular, interactive activity with the experts.

3 p.m.:  Meet the Tortoises
Meet on the panoramic terrace (Level 2)
Who's hiding under the third largest shell in the world?  An activity leader will reveal the special characteristics of the Spurred Tortoises, who have come down through the centuries and are now under threat.

1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.:  The Touch Pool!
Meet in the Entrance Hall (Level 0)
Get close to a starfish, feel the prickles of a sea urchin, stroke a baby shark and take a close look at the fauna and flora of the Mediterranean (supplement, no need to book)

1 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.:  The Cinema of the Sea
Meet in the Lecture Room (Level 0)
A very special programme of films based on the "Sharks" exhibition, for a better understanding of these lords of the sea.

All the activities and film screenings are accessible with the admission ticket, without a supplement, with the exception of the "Touch Pool."

www.oceano.mc