Museum of Stamps and Coins

The Museum, of contemporary design, houses rare stamps depicting the Principality’s postal history, as well as all the documents which have been used in the stamp-printing process from the first Charles III stamp in 1885 to the present day.
The Museum of Philately and Coinage is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm (6 pm in July and August). It sells currently available stamps and coins issued by the Principality.

A little history

Established by Sovereign Ordinance of Prince Rainier III next to Espace Léo Ferré in Fontvieille in December 1995, the Museum of Philately and Coinage opened to the public in January 1996 and celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 2016.
Every two years, the Museum hosts the international MONACOPHIL exhibition, which attracts the most prestigious philatelists from around the world.
The first Monegasque stamps were issued by Prince Charles III in 1885. The Principality was then a member of the Universal Postal Union and issued stamps under the Convention Concerning the Customs Union and Neighbourly Relations concluded with France on 9 November 1865 pursuant to the Treaty of 2 February 1861.
The first Monegasque coins were issued in January 1640 by Prince Honoré II, with reference to the Nice system introduced by the Duke of Savoy. In October 1643, Louis XIV granted Honoré II the right to freely circulate his gold and silver coins in France, on the condition that they were aligned to the corresponding French coins. This rule was extended in 1865 to cover all Monegasque coins until the introduction of the euro on 1 January 2001. Today, “Monegasque euros” circulate throughout the euro zone and the Principality has an annual quota under the same conditions as all other member countries of the zone.
The Museum is a first-rate cultural institution, and also a commercial operation. Its shop sells Monegasque stamps and coins as well as other related products such as books, enamels, scarves and so on. A mail order service has been set up; catalogues are available from the Museum.

Open daily  
From 1 September to 30 June, 9.30 am to 5 pm
From 1 July to 30 August, 9.30 am to 6 pm
Admission (per person)
Adults: €3
Children aged 12–18, pensioners and students: €1.50