‘Un Prince, Un Musée’ commemorates Prince Rainier’s passions for archaeology and Monaco’s history

Until 31st March, the Musée d’Anthropologie Préhistorique de Monaco is hosting an exhibition in honour of Prince Rainier III’s contributions to the museum as well as the support he gave to development of the study of the Principality’s history. 

‘Un Prince, Un Musée’ is the latest in a long line of exhibitions organised by the Prince Rainier III Commemorative Committee in the context of the centenary year of his birth in 1923, but is the first to be held at the Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology, which has close ties to the late sovereign. 

Although the museum was formally established by Prince Albert I in 1902, it found a home in the protected enclave of the Jardin Exotique, close to the Grotte de l’Observatoire, in 1959 thanks to Prince Rainier III. 

The exhibition honouring his role in the history of the museum and the support he gave to the study of Monaco’s fascinating history was opened in a special ceremony in the presence of Prince Rainier’s son, Prince Albert II, on 10th January and will remain open to the public until the end of March.  

It recounts the late Prince’s role in spearheading excavations and the personal contributions he and his wife, Princess Grace, made. The display also touches on their shared promotion of the Monegasque language as well as projects managed by Louis Barral, the museum’s former director. 

Entry to the museum and the exhibit is just €1, with free admission for Monegasque nationals, ICOM card holders and children under the age of five. 

It is open daily from 9am to 6pm. For a guided tour, contact mediationMAP@gouv.mc or visit the website here for more information.  


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