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Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)
Australia’s largest private museum. Ancient, modern and contemporary art. Founded by philanthropist and collector David Walsh (1961 -) and known locally as “our bogan”.
Museum opened: January 21, 2011
MONA houses a diverse private collection that ranges from ancient Egyptian mummies to some of the world’s most infamous and thought-provoking contemporary art. Its location on the Derwent River just north of Hobart, the building’s subterranean design and the owner’s unconventional and challenging curatorial approach is making it a must-see for any visitor to Australia.
MONA offers visitors a vineyard setting within a 15-minute drive of Hobart, on-site accommodation, world-class fine dining, cellar door tastings, micro-brewery tours, heated pool, sauna and gymnasium, an all-year events program and an internationally significant museum with a café and museum shop.
MONA has eight accommodation pavilions featuring ancient and contemporary art (and bits in between), all furnished by leading local and international designers. Each pavilion has its own distinct character and is named after an artist or architect that impacted MONA.
Visitors can eat at The Source Restaurant, the Wine Bar or the Mona cafe; have a Moorilla wine tasting and vineyard tour with an expert; or join a Moo Brew micro-brewery tour.
Autumn and Winter Hours from end of April to end of September
+ Open 10am to 5pm, closed Tuesdays and Christmas day.
Spring and Summer Hours from beginning October to end of April
+ Open 10am to 6pm, closed Tuesdays and Christmas day.
Entry: $A20, free for Tasmanians and under 18s. Concession $A15.
Join the mailing list at www.mona.net.au so we can keep you in the loop.
Mona is located at 655 Main Road, Berriedale, Tasmania, Australia: a 15-minute drive from Hobart’s centre, or 30-minutes by our MR1 fast ferry from Hobart’s Brooke Street Pier (Posh Pit $A50pp.return/Cattle Class $A20 pp. return). MONA ROMA coach hotel transfers and airport service also available. For more information, or to book transport, please visit www.mona.net.au or www.facebook.com/monamuseum for random updates.
Museum exhibition program
MONA's permanent exhibition: MONANISM - Evolving. Curated by David Walsh, Olivier Varenne and Nicole Durling and the MONA team.
The permanent collection exhibition continues; however, we keep changing.
Until September 8, 2014, THE RED QUEEN - Art that shows why art is made – curated by Olivier Varenne, Nicole Durling and the MONA team. Continuing our inquiry into the messy machinery of human nature by asking a rather big question: why do humans make art?
Each year MONA organises two festivals in Hobart:
MONA FOMA, our art and music festival runs every January at various locations around Hobart including the waterfront, and MONA itself. Curated by Violent Femmes and The Break bassist – Brian Ritchie, with Nicole Durling and Olivier Varenne. Visit www.mofo.net.au for past programs.
Dark Mofo, is timed to coincide with the Winter Solstice (June). We honour ancient and contemporary mythologies, darkness and light, birth and death, fire and ice - with some good music, art and food thrown in. The usual MONA obsessions, with a darker twist. Visit www.darkmofo.net.au