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The Oceanographical Museum at Monaco

Naturevolume 85pages711 (1910) | Download Citation



IN the history of the development of the study of the sea all the sciences find an application, and all were worthily represented at the inauguration of the Oceanographical Museum of Monaco on March 29 of this year. The ceremonies and festivities incident to the occasion have already been chronicled in the columns of NATURE (April 14, vol. lxxxiii., p. 191). It is proposed here to give an impression of the life-work of the Prince of Monaco, which found expression in the solemnities of that occasion. The accompanying illustrations1 afford an idea of the magnificence of the building and of the richness of the collections. Fig. 1 gives a view of the museum from the sea. The scale on which it is built can be judged from the fact that the height of the roof above the lowest masonry is 75 metres. Fig. 2 is the statue of the Prince standing on the bridge of his yacht. It is an artistic work, and a good portrait. It gives fine expression to the modesty as well as to the power of the creator of the great monument in the centre of which it stands.


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