Everything you need to know about the Fête du Musée at the Oceanographic Museum

Musée Océanographique de Monaco

This Saturday, the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco is running a host of activities for the whole family. Here are all the details about the upcoming Fête du Musée.  

To celebrate the seas and all the riches marine life has to offer, the Oceanographic Museum is playing host to the fourth edition of its popular Fête du Musée on Saturday 23rd September from 10am to 7pm. 


For the event, the Association of Friends of the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco (AAMOM) has organised a jam-packed programme for children aged three to 14, along with their families, who are all invited to come and discover the beauty and infinite pleasures of the marine world.  

Inside the museum, various workshops, treasure hunts, craft sessions, musical theatre productions (11am and 3.30pm) and virtual reality experiences (12pm and 5.15pm) will get young minds interested and involved, while out on the square in front of the famous institution, kiosks will be set up on themes related to education and the environment. 

These stands will include: appearances by AS Monaco Kid’s Tour, featuring team members; an adventure into “Penguin Country” with the Centre Scientifique de Monaco; Riviera Française and Natura 2000 with a space dedicated to the marine protected area in Cap Martin; an upcycling workshop by Sacrée Charlotte; Monaco’s Tourism Department with a space explaining greenhouse gases and their impacts; and the International Hydrography Organisation, which will be bringing along a fascinating selection of seafloor maps. There will also be a socca stand from La Socca Dance.


Whilst at the museum, take some time to check out the Polar Mission exhibition. This incredible interactive production covers life in both poles, how people and animals adapt to the extreme conditions, and historic and modern explorations and missions. 

The AAMOM also is inviting people to come and sponsor a fish. For a contribution of at least €50, sponsors will receive a certificate formalising their relationship, an identity card of the chosen animal and unlimited access to the museum for a year for an adult and a child under 18. 

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News round-up: Classroom closures, a new marine charter and the Princely family at work

All the latest news from the Principality of Monaco, including information on the unplanned closure of several classrooms at the Ecole de la Condamine and updates to the public lift systems.

World Clean Up Day 

Over the weekend, Prince Albert II of Monaco and his eight-year-old twins, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, joined many other locals as eager recruits at the Principality’s World Clean Up Day litter pick.  

With Princess Charlene away in South Africa for the Water Bike Challenge, it was down to the trio to represent the Princely family and demonstrate their enduring dedication to the environment by donning a pair of gloves, grabbing a rubbish bag and mucking in.  

Prince Albert and his children, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, joined in with World Clean Up Day on Saturday 16th September. Photo credit: Stéphane Danna / Monaco Communications Department 

Flooding at the Ecole de la Condamine 

The pupils of six classes at the Ecole de la Condamine will be receive teaching in a number of different premises this week after a leak within the school’s air conditioning units caused considerable damage to classrooms.  

Thankfully, the children won’t have far to travel as they can be easily accommodated in other buildings in the Condamine neighbourhood and will continue to be welcomed at their original drop-off points at the Ecole de la Condamine. Parents and guardians will be informed by email and via Pronote of any developments.  

Monaco hosts major Pelagos Agreement meeting

Between 11th and 12th September, the Scientific and Technical Committee for the Pelagos Agreement met at the Auditorium Rainier III in Monaco to hash out a new version of the Charter for the Pelagos Partnership Agreement.

Representatives from Italy, France and Monaco were all present for the important discussions, which also covered ground on the new tools, maps and techniques available to the multi-national mission, and the harmonisation of the internal regulations of the Pelagos Partnership Agreement.

Further information on the meeting can be found here.

Representatives from Italy, France and Monaco united at the Auditorium Rainier III for the meeting. Photo credit: Manuel Vitali / Monaco Communications Department

Updates to lifts in the Jardin Exotique 

Two lifts in the Jardin Exotique neighbourhood will be out of service for the next few months: the first connects the Boulevard Hector Otto with the Moyenne Corniche and the second links the Boulevard de Belgique and the Boulevard du Jardin Exotique.  

Both will be replaced by new systems and are expected to be operational again between mid-November and the end of December. The other public lifts in the area will remain open for the duration of the works.  

The lifts will be up and running again by the end of the year. Photo credit: Michael Alesi / Monaco Communications Department 



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Basketball: Depleted Roca Team begin new season with a win

A heavily depleted AS Monaco Basketball got their Betclic Elite title defence off to a winning start against Limoges (72-59) on Saturday. 

Mam Jaiteh, Donta Hall, Yoan Makoundou and Donatas Motiejunas were all absent from the opener. Without any of their natural pivots, the Roca Team were forced to improvise against Limoges.

Until the return of some of their stars, Monaco will have to make do, and whilst Saturday’s performance was imperfect, it bodes well for the rest of the season. Jaron Blossomgame, who became increasingly influential towards the end of the last campaign, registered an impressive performance (13 points, seven rebounds, four assists).

“We have things to clean-up”

Monaco never looked troubled with Limoges kept at arm’s length, even despite the fervent home support that pushed their team throughout. “We won the game tonight, but we have things to clean up, for sure,” said Blossomgame.

As players return from injuries, illnesses, and breaks, the Roca Team will be back to full strength soon. “We just need to get used to being back with these guys, get the rhythm back, get the chemistry back, but that shouldn’t take too long at all,” added Blossomgame.

Exactly how many players will be back for next week’s trip to Chalon-sur-Saône is unclear, but the hope, and likely the expectation, is for Monaco to be close to full strength when they welcome Saint-Quentin to the Salle Gaston Médecin on Tuesday 26th September.


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