Monaco Top Cars Collection (Exhibition of HSH The Prince of Monaco's Vintage Car Collection)
Prince Rainier III of Monaco was passionate about cars and had a wide collection which is now open to the public. Not only does this carefully curated collection showcase some of the most desirable cars in the world, but it also offers a fascinating insight into the history of motoring.
Since 1993, car fanatics and motoring history fans have flocked to this impressive collection, which features around a hundred vehicles, all meticulously maintained to the specific wishes of Prince Rainier III, who died in 2005. His son, Prince Albert II continues to embellish the collection today.
Visitors are invited to time-travel through the different eras of the automobile, appreciating the various feats of engineering and design. The collection begins with antique models of military and horse-drawn carriages, then continues through the 20th century with the classic 1950s Cadillacs and Chryslers. Modern luxury icons include Jaguars, Maseratis and the high-performance Lamborghini Countach, while rarer models like the 1903 De Dion Bouton and 1924 Model T Ford are also on display.
Things to Know Before You Go
- During the summer months when the state rooms are open to visitors, save money by combining your ticket with entry to the Palais du Prince.
- There’s a gift shop with motorsport-related souvenirs.
- Photography is allowed.
How to Get There
The collection is housed in the museum on Terrasses de Fontvieille, a 5-minute walk from the railway station or 20-minute walk from Casino Square. Take either bus number 1 or 2 to Place d’Armes. If traveling by car, visitors can use the Parking de Fontvieille.
When to Get There
The collection is open to visitors every day, with the exception of major holidays. Opening hours are 10 am–6 pm, with last entry at 5.30 pm. Aim to go earlier in the day for a quieter experience.
Visit the Prince’s Palace
Take the opportunity to visit the Prince’s Palace (Palais Princier de Monaco), the official residence of the Prince of Monaco. One of the principality’s most impressive landmarks, it’s open for stateroom tours from April to October. Outside of these months, visitors can still watch the traditional Changing of the Guard ceremony.
- Fontvieille Park and Princess Grace Rose Garden
- Louis II Stadium (Stade Louis II)
- Monaco Naval Museum (Musée Naval de Monaco)
- Cathédrale de Monaco (Monaco Cathedral)
- Prince's Palace (Palais Princier de Monaco)
- Exotic Garden of Monaco (Jardin Exotique de Monaco)
- Oceanographic Museum (Musee Oceanographique)
- Hercules Port (Port d'Hercule)
- Old Town of Monaco
- Opera de Monte-Carlo
- Monte Carlo Casino (Casino de Monte-Carlo)
- Casino Square (Place du Casino)
- Japanese Garden (Le Jardin Japonais)
- Larvotto Beach