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“Worth going to with an open mind art lover or not” 4 of 5 stars
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655 Main Road | Moorilla Estate, Berriedale, Glenorchy, Tasmania 7011, Australia
+61 3 6277 9900
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Owner description: Mona - the Museum of Old and New Art - is Australia's largest privately owned museum. It showcases owner David Walsh's collection, which includes more than 2000 artworks, antiquities and ethnographic pieces. The collection ranges from Egyptian funerary objects to some of the world's most infamous and thought-provoking contemporary art. Since opening in January 2011 it has welcomed more than 1.3 Million visitors. The 3.5 Ha site, just north of Hobart, also includes the Ether Building Function Centre, Moorilla winery and vineyard, Cellar Door, Wine Bar and Barrel Room, Void Bar, The Source Restaurant, a 63-seat cinema, the Mona Library and gallery, as well as eight contemporary accommodation pavilions. MAJOR EXHIBITION Matthew Barney: RIVER OF FUNDAMENT November 23, 2014 to April 13, 2015 At MONA, Matthew Barney: RIVER OF FUNDAMENT is curated by the artist with David Walsh, Nicole Durling and Olivier Varenne. This major exhibition combines large-scale sculptures (weighing up to 5 tonnes), storyboards and drawings to create an immersive experience. During the exhibition there will be regular showings in Cinemona of select films by Matthew Barney. MONA FOMA: January 15 to 18, 2015 Museum of Old and New Art Festival of Music and Art, every summer in and around Hobart Curated by Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes, The Break), Nicole Durling, Olivier Varenne and Jarrod Rawlins (MONA). Dark Mofo MONA's winter festival 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. MONA is open Wednesday - Monday (closed Tuesdays) and operates from 10am - 5pm in winter, and 10am - 6pm throughout summer. Visit the website for more info on opening hours.
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“Worth going to with an open mind art lover or not”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013 via mobile

Being an art ignoramus I did not think I would enjoy this but supported the new wife in her desire to go. The ferry there in the Posh Pit was good and the free Beers and nibbles were welcome. The Art museum is interesting to say the least. An eclectic mix of everything with imagination, warped images and some things that should never have been presented. But hey it takes all sorts to make the world go around and I am sure there is something for everyone here.
The cafe was busy and service slow but the outdoor area was quite pleasant.
On the way back on the ferry the guy was very interested in sharing his knowledge on the local vodka and whiskey which I have to say was smooth and delightful. The Nant Whiskey sensational and the triple distilled vodka the smoothest ever.
Good way to spend 3-5 hours on the ferry and the museum.

Visited April 2013
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“Tassie is so lucky to have MONA”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

The museum is so different. The building itself is incredible and the restaurants we have tried great.
As a 'local' I have been several times and enjoy it everytime.
I was worried about taking my kids but it is easy to avoid things that I didn't want them to see. I just took them to see the dripping word wall but couldn't get them to leave for another 2 hours. My daughter (6) is constantly asking to go back to the museum with the ipods.
Don't miss MONA. it is worth a trip to Hobart just to visit.

Visited January 2013
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“Wow. Wow. Wow.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

Absolutely totally spectacular. Do not miss this under any circumstances if you are in Hobart. I made a special trip to Hobart just to visit MONA and was not at all disappointed. The architecture is incredible, innovative and spectacular, and the artworks the same. The huge sandstone walls, the spiral staircase going deep underground to a wine bar, the vast amount of artworks, some deeply disturbing, but all thought-provoking), the food and accommodation options...MONA has everything. I agree, it is not for everyone, especially those who are disturbed by the sometimes darker side of life (and death), but I highly recommend it for those who are interested in art that does not just tell a pretty story. It is deep, and disturbing, and echoes of some works haunted my dreams for days, but I wouldn't have missed it for anything. I was especially moved by the work of Meghan Boody. Note, it is closed on Tuesdays!

Visited March 2013
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“Should you take your children ( and yourself) to MONA?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

There has been a great deal of debate in the media as to whether the items on display in David Walsh's MONA are art or not, and whether or not MONA is a highly offensive tribute to the darker sides of the human mind, or a wonderful collection of thought provoking modern art, splashed with more than a sprinkling of wonderful ancient artifacts. (The very fact that a private collector has managed to transport priceless ancient treasures such as Egyptian mummies and Roman coins to Tasmania is another wonder indeed ...) I think the first thing to consider is that this is a private collection - and an incredible one at that. Many of these works would not be on display in a public gallery, but surely, this is what makes the gallery unique. The second thing that comes to mind is that artists are often ahead of their time. Any visit to such galleries as the Musee D'Orsay in Paris will reinforce the struggles that the Impressionists had in their early Exhibitions in the late nineteenth century for their work to be considered as Art. So. Should you go or not? If in Hobart, yes, and with an open mind. It is possible to walk through the exhibits and not linger at the works that you may find offensive. It is possible to ask the staff at the entrance what you should avoid if you are concerned, they are very helpful with this. There are some real treasures in the collection, some really interesting works of contemporary art, not the least the works that combine computer graphic technology with traditional 3D design to fascinating effect - the wonderful head, in one of the first rooms that shows an intricate and beautiful artist's interpretation of the subconscious mind is fascinating, as is the 'fat car' - a fat red Porsche, replete with David Walsh's numberplate, that is an allegorical representation of our obsession with bigger and better things. The Treasures of the World exhibition contained some exquisite pieces from the ancient world along with some wonderful modern art and was a collaboration with TMAG. And then, yes, dotted around the place there are explicit pieces dealing with such confronting subjects as death, violence, and so on. So, should you go? If you are at all interested in art, (or architecture, or food - this is also a vineyard with a successful restaurant) I would definitely go. It is well worth the time to read the info on the Ipod that you are provided with on entry. Should you take your children? There are various opinions on this, as there should be. A visit yourself first would be ideal, or if you are only in Hobart for a short time, a quick scan through on your own would be sensible before taking children under the age of sixteen through. It is possible to avoid some rooms entirely, it is possible to march past items that might upset children quickly, and it is possible to just give them a taste in the first areas, where the enormous Sydney Nolan work is situated, see the wonderful head I have written about, and the fat car and a few other pieces including the room which has an installation of several people singing Madonna's 'Papa Don't Preach" (aimed at criticising our obsession with 'stars') along with some beautiful ancient pieces such as the Ancient Egyptian pieces made into Art Deco jewellery and leave it at that. I think sensitive children, or children with an imagination could be upset by some of the works in MONA, so you can be selective, but be aware that the works that could offend are dotted about, random, in some of the rooms and can be unexpected, so a quick tour on your own is recommended first to see how best to proceed. Everything written about the stunning setting and design of the building is true, and there is a good cafe for lunch as well as the option of eating at the wonderful Source Restaurant. Are we lucky to have this in Australia? Absolutely. The place is phenomenal.

Visited February 2013
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“A Touch of the Emperors New Clothes here!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

I agree with Dave from Downunder. This was somewhere that nearly everyone who has been to Tassie told us to go and visit. I actually wonder why? It was a fascinating building - the walls inside built out of the rock and the actual setting of the building being the best part. However, the 'art' was in the main - weird and slightly - if not totally sick in parts!
The whole place gave me the creeps and I just felt it was airless, creepy and dark. I could not wait to get out of the place into the fresh air.
I wonder who has started this fantastic rumour that it is a 'must see attraction'. It is certainly not listed in the main attraction section of Trip Advisor. Someone , somewhere is doing a fabulous Chinese whispering effort of ensuring that thousands of completely taken in fools visit this hell hole each year. Well done - whoever it is who is putting these completely fabricated rumours around - they should be in Parliament!

Visited April 2013
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