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Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) Admission & Ferry
- A new (and old) icon: Unveiled in 2011 after a $75 million revamp, this attraction succeeds the Moorilla Museum of Antiquities, on the Moorilla Estate winery site.
- Internationally significant: With hundreds on display, this is Hobart's must-see showcase of the world's ultimate controversial compilation of art and antiquities.
- Fantastic voyage: Admire the view on a high-speed ferry ride from the waterfront, up the River Derwent, to the Berriedale peninsula, and right to MONA's steps.
About this Hobart Tour
Riddle us this. What do you get when you cross a profoundly offbeat curiosity, an unrepentant flair for the dark and disorienting, and a super-rich gambler's income? One word: "MONA." Add to that, infinite odds on appreciating creative genius in novel ways. Venture inside what Tasmanian owner, millionaire David Walsh, calls his "subversive adult Disneyland." What would you expect from a dude who named his cat "Christ?"
His own bio says that he's, well, a slang name for a male body part because "he feels like it." You can imagine how well it went over with the more conformist art community when he dared, "Working with artists is just like working with human beings, only they're not as smart." In this labyrinth, free your own mind utterly, thanks to Walsh's unapologetic, unconventional, and challenging curatorial style.
Wander 400+ artistic works from his private collection. The highlights/lowlights are ever-evolving/devolving, so expect the unexpected. Past pieces include a machine that turns food into feces, a teen suicide bomber's exploded remains cast in chocolate, and others whose titles are too vulgar to mention. No stuffy wall plaques here.
While MONA's not for the faint of heart, we detect signs of a slightly compassionate soul lurking within. The museum guide features a map showing how to dodge strobe lights and sexually explicit and potentially confronting artwork, disclosing which are appropriate for kids under 15. Of course, just like The Happiest Place on Earth, you can grab souvenirs at a gift shop. According to its curators, "there's all sorts of (expletive)" in there.
Underground art scene…literally
MONA's home could be as surprising as the works it exhibits. Street level, the structure seems dominated by its surroundings. Inside, though, a spiral staircase descends into three floors of a subterranean architectural masterpiece with dim, windowless galleries. Walsh deliberately decided to create a foreboding atmosphere, wanting the building to "sneak up on visitors" and strike "a sense of danger." Delirium accomplished.
Please make your own way to MONA Ferry Terminal
Take extra precautions to avoid too much exposure to the sun. Even on cloudy days, the UV is stronger than you may think.
This tour is suitable for travelers with limited mobility, able to get in and out of the coach without assistance. It is not fully wheelchair accessible. Participation in any activity at any stop is at each person's discretion.
Cultural, Family Friendly, Budget
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages. All children must have their own safety seat.
We can accommodate you if your mobility is limited and you use a folding wheelchair with at least 7 days� advanced notice, providing you are not travelling solo and have someone along to assist you.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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