The Grimaldis have a long tradition of art patronage. Even back in the 18th century, the palace regularly opened its doors to offer music performances to its subjects.

Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra

Going strong since 1856, the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra (www.opmc.mc) maintains the tradition of summer concerts in the Cour d’Honneur (Courtyard of Honour) at the Palais Princier, although tickets are like gold dust. Year round the orchestra performs at the Auditorium Rainier III, the Grimaldi Forum and the Opéra de Monte Carlo; buy tickets online or at the Atrium du Casino inside Casino de Monte Carlo.