Monaco Naval Museum (Musée Naval de Monaco)
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.
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.
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