On 29 September, Monaco celebrated its 24th European Heritage Days with a wide range of events. Over 17,000 visitors explored an exciting programme hosted across the 40 cultural venues which opened their doors especially for the largest cultural festival in Europe.
The Palais Princier, the Oceanographic Museum, the Exotic Garden, and the Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology were highlights of this year's programme, alongside the Car Collection of HSH Prince of Monaco and the Cathedral of Monaco, which also inspired a significant amount of interest at the festival.
Celebrating the common theme - Arts and Entertainment, the Department of Cultural Affairs and the Institute of Heritage put together an impressive variety of events that showcase the precious cultural treasures of Monaco and Europe. Theatre, ballet, graphic art, radio and other art forms that speak of Europe's common cultural values took centre stage. To honour the unique opportunity, the International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo opened the doors of its marquee for the first time to thousands of visitors.
The Science Centre of Monaco was a magnificent place for discovery at this year's festival. Offering insights into marine biology, the centre helped raise awareness about critical environmental issues. Another exciting opportunity offered the Monte Carlo Casino visitors to learn more about the extraordinary architecture of the place and the history behind it. The celebrations were enhanced with musical performances by the Academy of Music – Rainier III ensembles. An exclusive tour of the Minister of State's Residence was available for visitors on 29 September. Guests were given the opportunity to explore the beautiful residence and enjoy the magnificent view of the harbour and Mediterranean.
More information on the programme is available on the website.