After the death of Albert I, the museum went dead, because the sea was not at all interested in the new owner of the rock of Monaco. Inflation, which swept Europe after the First World War, devalued the amounts allocated by Albert to support the Museum and implement research programs. The scientific laboratories were empty, the Yrondel II yacht was sold and effectively blown up during filming.
A new world war and a new post-war round of inflation put the museum on the brink of closure. After the war, tourism made a miracle: the Oceanographic Museum became the only scientific institution in the world that could exist entirely on the funds received from the sale of tickets. Continue reading