It has been a little over a year since the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) first opened its doors to the public, and this particular cultural centre continues to attract thousands of art enthusiasts from all over the world.
The multi-million dollar dream of its owner, entrepreneur and philanthropist David Walsh, the museum showcases works by artists with a reputation for being subversive.
There are paintings by Sir Sydney Nolan and the UK’s Damien Hirst, as well as galleries dedicated to water motifs – the water-covered floor design is the brain child of Julius Popp dubbed bit.fall – and the truly macabre.
Walsh says that while the displays may be avant-garde, his intention is to inspire creativity among museum visitors.
As Australia’s largest private museum, the space is often referred to as “a subversive adult wonderland” and it is clear to all who visit MONA that the mostly underground establishment is a sensory exploration of history in a cutting-edge setting.
Eating at MONA is another not-to-be-missed experience, with wine tastings available at the cellar door daily and beer tours held every Friday.
Located on Main Road in Berriedale, MONA is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm six days per week, closed Tuesdays. Entry is free for Tasmaniansand under 18’s, and just $20 for others.
Award-winning travel website Black Tomato has released its pick of the best alternative Australian icons advancing the theory that we should ‘forget’ Uluru and the Sydney Opera House, as there are some lesser-known but brilliant icons that Australia should be embracing instead. Seems they are and not just Australians. Many bucket lists have been updated with a trip to Tasmania because of MONA.
Getting there? Most prefer to use the fast catamaran service from Brooke Street Pier in Hobart, but there is on-site parking for those who want to travel by car.