Museum of Old and New Art (Mona)

Museum of Old and New Art (Mona)

Museum of Old and New Art (Mona)
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) was built by David Walsh to house his collection of ancient, modern, and contemporary art. Located on the banks of the Derwent a short ferry trip from Hobart, Mona is Australia’s largest private museum with three levels of underground galleries, which visitors explore with custom-built, handheld technology, called the O, that tells them about the artworks on display. Mona is David’s playground and experiment: we need art, he says, but for what? Mona is also home to two wineries and a brewery, several bars, and restaurants, luxury accommodation pavilions, a library, and a tennis court.
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  • wombatdavid
    Hobart, Australia2,639 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    WOW that is all you can say
    This is an AMAZING place. Even if you don't like the art, it makes you think. I love the fat car. We also did the confessional for the first time which was fun. So much to look at. We also enjoyed the music from the artists in residence. It is a must see here in Hobart. Us Tasmanians get in free for a $10 refundable deposit. Rest of you need to pay $35 each but do it!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Lea Rebane
    71 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Happy ending every time!
    I have been to MONA now around 4 times in the space of 1.5 years. And each time I have climbed those damn stairs in stilettos, sashay is the only way to go. Totally LOVE it. Intriguing, sexy, challenging and so much more. My words can't do it justice - just go. Seriously, just go, you won't regret it. Loads of curious and fun stuff in the gift shop as well. Everything covered from c*nts to p*nises LOL. I fell in love with the sex candles... or the scent anyway. I will post a pic of my addiction to them. Sadly, the last few were a bit off, so having a break from them. But do have a sniff when you're there.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 August 2023
  • KymMarie220
    Brisbane, Australia486 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Check your sensibilities or don't bother
    This is not your average museum. It is an amazing vision, determined execution and wonderfully different delivery. Lose yourself in this space, charge your phone, use the app and get lost in a quirky world. There are some amazing artefacts and "strange" artworks - beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If you don't want to be challenged, don't bother
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 August 2023
  • Malaprop
    Tallebudgera, Australia112 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Superb different art gallery
    Superb art museum. Lovely pieces in a spectacular building. The app worked really well too. I’m not certain it’s suitable for young children thought there were plenty there. If I lived in Tassie I’d visit this often.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 September 2023
  • Brendan W
    Birmingham, United Kingdom1,157 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderfully Filthy.
    As visitors from the UK we have visited many museums & and art galleries in lots different countries & this was the best experience we have ever had. If you are broad minded & like rique fun, put this incredible place on your bucket list. It's certainly not for the fainthearted, but as a family with 3 generations, we loved every minute, the O app is outstanding & advises when approaching explicit displays & we hope to visit again from doom laden Post Brexit Britian.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 September 2023
  • Christine S
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Putting the F back into Art
    An icon of Hobart that's for sure! We visited around 11am on the day we flew into Hobart from Sydney with out 8 month old so we were certainly a bit tired. With both of us art teachers we knew this was a must see. We booked tickets in advance and drove there from Hobart. The drive is fairly short but parking is very limited so definitely keep that in mind if choosing to drive. The gallery is constructed around a lift and you start at the bottom. It is pretty tight and dim down there which is completely different to most large galleries. The collection is certainly impressive. Must visit for art nerds, history buffs and those that love a bit of a scandal. But do pack your walking shoes and some sustenance, it's a biggun. It is a pretty tricky gallery to visit with a pram as there are plenty of levels and areas connecting each area more efficiently via stairs so certainly something to keep in mind. I found next to no parent rooms through the gallery, or areas to sit. This made it challenging to breastfeed or change a nappy so unfortunately we had to speed through the remaining part of the gallery. Great areas to visit when you've risen from the depths of the gallery. Areas for kids to run around, restaurants, live music.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 October 2023
  • hmb2302
    Brisbane Region, Australia56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    MONA is a stunner!
    I had read and heard great reviews about MONA since it opened. Finally visited Tasmania after a long while and MONA was high on the list. On approach, the building is distinctive and impressive, carved into the cliffside by the river. We arrived at 10am and expected to finish looking around until lunchtime. How wrong I was. By lunchtime we had seen half of the building and exhibitions. Lunched at Faro. High end dining, presentation and service was exceptional. Experienced the James Turrell installations, highly recommend. Resumed strolling through the rest of the museum and exited via the gift shop just before 5pm. A day very well spent. The art is fantastic and thought provoking and the architecture of the building is stunning.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 October 2023
  • Olivia Hocroft
    Wollongong, Australia76 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Adbstract art lovers dream! No rules here
    Such a beautiful balance of old and new art. Beautifully displayed traditional art mixed amongst stunning modern concepts. Something for everyone. If you arent a 'art museum' person, you will be with this one!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 November 2023
  • Howard A
    Auckland, New Zealand404 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Place to be Seen More than to See
    There is some marvelous art here are some playful labelling. I loved Obsidian by Jonsi and some of the most amusing pieces. However, the great is randomly interspersed among a lot of nonsense. My generation impression was that someone with too much money and no taste was struggling to find things to waste cash on. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am not unfamiliar with being pretentious. Much of MONA seems to be pretentious for the sake of being pretentious; a hipster guide to the art of being artsy. There was a whole area of adult only art that was meant to shock. None of it was actually shocking but it was trying very hard.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 November 2023
  • Mark M
    Liverpool, United Kingdom17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A gallery like no other I have been to.
    Incredible experience . Took the catamaran from Hobart Harbour to one of the most interesting, challenging ,engaging and well designed galleries I have ever visited. Staff were without exception very friendly and helpful make sure you wander outside don’t miss the outdoor bar, eateries laid out around a lawn. Amazing experiential day out
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 November 2023
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Lucy
New Lambton, Australia5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
It was such and amazing building! The counting rice is a great "exhibition" it's actually relaxing (I got 1526) The food areas and playground were clean and nicely made but all the children were running around and knocking over drinks and stealing bean bags. Overall the art was funny and cool especially the alien room.
Written 11 July 2024
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Liz D
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
I'm very glad we went - a great experience, and especially going there and back on the ferry made it memorable.
The most interesting thing about the gallery was the building itself. Built on a rocky outcrop into the Derwent River, the gallery is actually carved into the rock, and has featured rock walls in places. When you go in, you go down in a cool circular glass lift or stairs for three floors, and work your way back up to the top.
There is SO much stuff in there, some artifacts dating back to 660BC. The owner is obviously a squillionaire.
I liked a lot of the exhibits, but I didn't like some of them too. There is a separate room near the beginning of the gallery called the Sex and Death Room, and they advise discretion in entering. I consider myself fairly open-minded, but I thought many of the exhibits in the room were simply porn, and not very well done at that. It left me feeling a bit nauseous. Also there were other exhibits in other parts of the gallery that should have been in the Sex and Death Room that weren't, and that didn't carry any warning, such as a wall with a collection of sculputures of vulvas, that I now wish that I could un-see.
Also, there are no signs on the walls to give any details about the art works. Instead, you have to download an app called "The O". This means that instead of visitors walking around looking at the art works, everyone you see has their head down looking at their phone. Like we don't already do that enough. We downloaded the app, but while we were there we only found the button which gave the name of the work and the artist, and the mediums used. We wanted to read more details about the works, such as the background stories. We didn't find these stories until after we left the gallery, but it would have been good to have that information while we were still there. The reason why we didn't find the details at the time? On the app, for each art work you had to click on a link called "Art Wank", for which the icon was a penis. Because I was still reeling from the Sex and Death Room, and feeling a little sick, the last thing I wanted to click on was a phallic symbol on my phone. Call me old-fashioned, but I missed having signs on the walls. Swapping signs for an app seems like changing something just for the sake of it. It also assumes that all the visitors are tech-savvy and glued to their phones.
Some amazing art works made up for some others that were just plain crass. Overall a good bucket list experience.
Written 9 July 2024
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Albert T
Hong Kong, China12 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
The installations and displays are good for taking some photos for instagram. However they are far from reaching the level of ‘art’. There is no delivery of meaning, message and even beauty, but merely the distorted taste and psychology of the owner.

Most of the staff there wear lab coat, I find it disrespectful and even insulting as it faintly suggests we queuing and paying visitors are actually the subjects of their playful experiment.
Written 29 June 2024
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Head Venter
Adelaide, Australia5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Visiting Mona is like going on a sad ghost train ride. Mona is filled with people who, like sheep, look at 'an art', look! It's an art. It is spam and stolen art. Money doesn’t buy class. Mona is a cheap Carnival like Spiegel tent. On the plus side I believe it is good for local employment and great employment for creatives who get a job and it pays well. But it is filled with people like crawling ants. I continually wondered 'where are the clowns' as I looked at stolen antiquities from Egypt beside unhappy children near sad porn in this McMuseum, or McGallery if you will. (This is an adapted review of the real life ramble this author wrote which appears on The Adelaide Ventricle).
Written 27 June 2024
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Mick F
Sydney, Australia141 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
Self righteous up themselves sexist pigs! Can’t handle being called out in court for women’s lounge exhibition as being sexist now the self righteous turds hang pictures in the women’s toilet,
Grow up and act like an adult you sexist pigs.
Written 24 June 2024
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Hardyl D
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Terrible!!! trust me the more you think the open minded and modern you are there is nothing good there except the building itself. There is also a name the museum scam they will take $5 from the app of your phone and tell you they will name the museum after you till next person pays. o9nce you pay 5$ they will tell you you name is in the Air/Light of the museum. WTAF!!! if you wana see random stuff you can go there but i feel like it was a joke.
Written 19 June 2024
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FiveCatPalace
Montville, Australia113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
A pared-back Dark MOFO program really spotlights the MONA on-site offerings this year, & it will not disappoint!! Please catch the ferry, to fully appreciate the architectural genius of the place! Please download The O app, y’all asking where the art info is? Yes, you will find plenty for your art hearts & minds - find some amazing, find some a mystery. The new Namedropping works are a great refresh & bring a bit more of the familiar to audiences, I expect. The new Platedropping menu at Faro is a total stunner; & the James Turrell lightwork is always a fabulous experience. Plenty to see, do, & ponder! Definitely a Tasi treasure : )
Written 17 June 2024
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Kay L
Hobart, Australia60 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Too dark in rooms to concentrate on exhibits - had to walk around watching my feet. I realise it is a private museum but wouldn't take older children as some things are just pornographic & tacky. Wouldn’t recommend, nothing nice in there.
Written 17 June 2024
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Bruce & Angela H
West Lakes, Australia463 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
I read lots of different reviews on the MONA. Personally I loved it. Certainly some parts more than others but it's a bold exhibit and setting that challenges thought. Judge it for yourself.
Written 9 June 2024
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car0leb66
Brisbane, Australia262 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Our family visit to MONA was very disappointing. The museum was dark and claustrophobic and I couldn't wait to get out. We left on an earlier time. I don't remember it was this bad on my last visit a few years ago. There are only a few paintings and artifacts I appreciated, but they were hard to see. The Water Wall is still great. The people control system with timed tickets seems to work well. I was really keen to see the Women Only exhibition but it was closed for a private viewing both times I checked. The children really hated the explicit exhibition on the ground floor - we backed them out after two pictures. There should be more warnings not to take children there. When we got outside there was nowhere dry to eat out of the rain. Inside areas of the cafes were very limited. So no, won't be going back. It is not worth all the hype tourism status. The architecture of the building is noteworthy but the best thing was the ferry trip to get there.
Written 28 May 2024
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