Adam Gibson
Tasmania
Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)MONA isn’t like any other museum and that is its beauty; expect the unexpected, prepare all of your senses, open your mind and let the museum, from the architecture to the art, do the rest.
Looking at the art used to be boring. It still is, maybe, but at least here at Mona, the Museum of Old and New Art, you can get drunk and/or rage against the machine. Located just up the river from Hobart, Mona's subterranean architecture showcases the highlights (and lowlights) of David Walsh’s $110m private collection of art and antiquities, as well as hosting a busy exhibitions program. Mona is also home to the Moorilla winery, Source Restaurant, bars, cafe, accommodation pavilions and more (plus Moo Brew, an off-site brewery). Mona also hosts two festivals. Each January, our summer festival, Mofo, which unleashes an eclectic mix of music and art. Come June, Dark Mofo winter festival delves into centuries-old winter solstice rituals and celebrates the dark through art, music, food, film, light and noise. Mona is located at 655 Main Road, Berriedale, Tasmania, Australia; a 15-minute drive from Hobart's centre, or a 30-minute ride on our MR-1 fast ferries from Hobart's Brooke Street Pier. For more information, please visit the Mona website.
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Mona Pavilions provide contemporary-designed sophisticated accommodation on the outskirts of Hobart, Southern Tasmania. The eight pavilions sit on a three-and-a-half hectare private peninsula overlooking the Derwent River. Choose from one or two-bedroom configurations, each showcasing private artwork from the Mona collection. Four pavilions are named for architects including Roy (Grounds), Robin (Boyd), Esmond (Dorney) and Walter (Burley Griffin) who have influenced Australia's architectural landscape while others are named after Australian modernist painters. They feature double spa baths, contemporary bespoke furniture by Tasmanian designers, furnishings from the likes of Philippe Starck, Patricia Urquiola and Ron Arad, and state-of-the-art kitchens. Each has a private cellar stocked with Moorilla wines and Moo Brew beer and access to the heated infinity pool, sauna and gymnasium. Australia's largest private museum, Mona, opened in early 2011 and guests have access to their choice of online imagery streamed from the Mona collection. Entry to the Museum is free for Pavilion guests. Experience the unique combination of fine accommodation and avant-garde art, coupled with The Source Restaurant and winery onsite. Mona is just a 15-minute drive (12 kilometres) from central Hobart.
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