About Monaco : Exotic Garden, Observatory Caves and Museum of Prehistoric
One of Monaco's finest tourist attractions, this "magic garden" containing several thousand "succulent" plant varieties, was opened in 1933 and is daringly landscaped on the rock-face. The plants flourish superbly thus testifying to Monaco's micro-climate and are admired by visitors from all over the world.
Strolling along the foot-bridges high above the cliff, with a splendid view over the Principality and eastwards along the coast, the visitor cannot fail to be impressed by the diversity of the forms (in some cases surrealistic!) of the sub-tropical flora, made up of highly unusual exotic essences (extraordinary succulent plants: in particular one-hundred year old Mexican and South American cacti as well as African "candelabra" euphorbias which are nearly 10 metres high).
60 metres below the gardens themselves, visitors can also discover the immense chambers of the prehistoric Observatory Caves, whose stalagmites, stalagtites and limestone concretions are admirably illuminated.
Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology
Containing a series of priceless burial places originating from localities in the vicinity of the Principality, notably Grimaldi, in Italian Liguria, this museum was founded in 1902 by Prince Albert 1.
Its exhibits retrace the most important stages in the history of the human race, from Australanthropus and Homo Sapiens, including Neanderthal, Cro-Magnon and Grimaldi remains.
In addition, there are vestiges of animals which are now extinct or which migrated in the course of glaciary and interglaciary periods, as well as reminders of successive civilizations: the Paleolithic (nearly a million years ago). The Neolithic, and the Bronze Age (5000 to 500 BC).
From 15h May to 15 September, From 9am to 7pm
From 16 September to 14 May, From 9am to 6pm or nighfall
(per person)~ €6 EUR
Children From 6 to 18 years old and students ~ €3 EUR