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MONA - Museum of Old and New Art

Hobart’s remarkable Museum of Old and New Art has a surprising mix of thought-provoking installation art, modern paintings, sculptures and ancient artefacts. 

Plan a day trip to take in the vast collection, and grand design, of Australia’s largest privately owned art museum. MONA stands for Museum of Old and New Art and the galleries showcase emotive and sometimes shocking modern art along with old artefacts and antiques.

Labyrinthine rooms and mezzanine floors give a sense of child-like discovery to this place. It’s “a subversive Disneyland for Adults”, according to its founder and chief collector, Hobart-born David Walsh. His plans for the museum were unconventional, even groundbreaking, and MONA is now one of the most talked about museums in the world.

Admire the large, modern building burrowed down into sandstone cliffs and find its doorway hidden behind a tennis court. Ride the cylindrical lift down to the cavernous subterranean floor to begin your journey through the unpredictable world of MONA. Use the electronic device that you’ve been handed at the reception to get multimedia information about the art and artists and to give your feedback. 

The private collection is constantly evolving but always provides a thought-provoking art experience that may delight, surprise or shock you. Previous exhibits have included Egyptian sarcophagi, X-rays of sexual acts, antique coins, a tattooed skin, a metal lacework “cement truck”, a machine that turns food into excrement and a painted Aboriginal rainbow serpent covering a thousand panels by the late Australian artist Sidney Nolan. 

Each January MONA hosts an art and music festival called MONA FOMA, with international and local, alternative and classical music acts. Like everything at MONA, the festival is challenging, celebratory and diverse.  MONA is part of the Moorilla Winery and Vineyard along the Derwent River. There is a restaurant, café, jewellry store, art house cinema, theatre, concert stage, book shop, wine-tasting room and hotel on site. You can get to MONA by car, bus and ferry. Parking is free. The best way to capture the museum’s architecture is to arrive by ferry, leaving from the Brooke Street terminal in central Hobart. There is an admission fee for the museum. Tasmanians enter for free.

Give yourself plenty of time at Museum of Old and New Art. Here are the top activities:

Want to know what activities you can do at this much-loved attraction? Our suggestion would be purchasing a MONA and Wine Experience Tour.

For many more activities, check out our Berriedale things to do page.


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Riverfront Motel & Villas AU$87
Riverfront Motel & Villas

Riverfront Motel & Villas

11 Strathaven Drive, Rosetta, TAS
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated on the riverfront, this motel is 0.8 mi (1.4 km) from Museum of Old and New Art, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Franklin Wharf. Constitution Dock and Hobart Cruise Terminal are also within 9 mi (15 km). Tasmanian Transport Museum Station is 28 minutes by foot.

    Mona Pavilions AU$600
    Mona Pavilions

    Mona Pavilions

    655 Main Road, Berriedale, TAS
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated on the riverfront, this luxury hotel is steps away from Moorilla Estate and Museum of Old and New Art. Claremont House and Tasmanian Transport Museum are also within 3 miles (5 km).

      Colonial Accommodation @ Undine AU$199
      Colonial Accommodation @ Undine

      Colonial Accommodation @ Undine

      6 Dodson Street, Rosetta, TAS
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Rosetta, this luxury bed & breakfast is within 1 mile (2 km) of Moorilla Estate and Museum of Old and New Art. Tasmanian Transport Museum and Derwent Entertainment Centre are also within 2 miles (3 km). Tasmanian Transport Museum Station is 20 minutes by foot.

        Claremont Hotel Motel AU$105
        Claremont Hotel Motel

        Claremont Hotel Motel

        1 Main Road, Claremont, TAS
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Claremont, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Claremont House and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Museum of Old and New Art. Moorilla Estate is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) away.

          Claremont House AU$79
          Claremont House

          Claremont House

          12 Lady Clark Avenue, Claremont, TAS
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Claremont, this guesthouse is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Claremont House and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Museum of Old and New Art. Moorilla Estate is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away.

            Best Western Balmoral Motor Inn AU$111
            Best Western Balmoral Motor Inn

            Best Western Balmoral Motor Inn

            511 Brooker Highway, Glenorchy, TAS
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Glenorchy, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Royal Hobart Showground, Derwent Entertainment Centre and Tasmanian Transport Museum. Runnymede and Tasmanian Hockey Centre are also within 3 miles (5 km). Tasmanian Transport Museum Station is 23 minutes by foot.

              Otago Cottage
              Otago Cottage

              Otago Cottage

              19 Restdown Drive, Otago, TAS
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Otago, this cottage is within 6 miles (10 km) of Royal Hobart Showground, Derwent Entertainment Centre and Tasmanian Transport Museum. Museum of Old and New Art and Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens are also within 9 miles (15 km).

                Hobart Cabins and Cottages AU$109
                Hobart Cabins and Cottages

                Hobart Cabins and Cottages

                19 Goodwood Road, Goodwood, TAS
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Goodwood, this campsite is within 1 mile (2 km) of Royal Hobart Showground, Tasmanian Transport Museum and Derwent Entertainment Centre. Runnymede and Tasmanian Hockey Centre are also within 3 miles (5 km). Tasmanian Transport Museum Station is 23 minutes by foot.