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Mona, Berriedale

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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3.7/5 based on 4,200+ reviews on the web
A large, privately owned art museum, Mona represents the love child of Tasmanian millionaire David Walsh, who nicknamed it a "subversive Disneyland for adults." Built into the cliffside, the museum features a labyrinth of intentionally gloomy, windowless exhibition spaces displaying Walsh's collection of fun, quirky, and provocative art. Take a self-guided tour with an iPod--you'll receive one upon entrance--and begin your journey by walking down the spiral flight of stairs. The museum opened in 2011 after a renovation to the tune of $75 million. Make Mona a part of your Berriedale vacation plans using our Berriedale trip generator.
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  • MONA is an easy drive north of Hobart and has great outdoor areas and views of the river. A boat trip can be take from Hobart, but we drove. The gallery is an experience not to be missed. Wonderful in...  read more »
  • I'm not an art buff and very illiterate when it comes to new (and old) art. The thing about MONA is the experience - the total package. The systems they use to generate the tickets, the ferry, its des...  read more »
  • Slightly disturbing collection of modern art. If nothing else, it was provocative... the best thing for me was the architecture and views. The sights and sounds felt like being in a psychopath's head ...  read more »
  • Incredible experience. So many things to take in. So many ideals to question. Beautiful design to the building. Fantastic collection of work. The bathrooms even have something interesting.
  • Visited Mona on Sunday for the first time and I just wanted to point a few things out. The way my wife and I and our 4yo and 6yo were treated by the staff was nothing less than exemplary. From the front desk all the way through the museum the staff were polite, friendly and quite obviously very well trained. The architecture was jaw dropping, a credit to the owner and designers and a great venue to display contemporary artwork. To the owner, what vision you had to bring such an outstanding venue to our great state, I hope that you start to receive the funding you deserve from the local/state/federal government to help upkeep of this remarkable venue that is bringing the tourist $ into the state. The fact that, as a privately funded art house, you allow Tasmanians to enter free of charge also shows the commitment you show towards the local community. Two things I will note; more signage on the road to get people to the venue and, I will stand corrected if I'm wrong but an opportunity for people to make a donation, especially Tasmanians whom gain free admission, I for one would have gladly made a donation on behalf of my family.
  • MONA is an amazing subterranean art space hewn from the rock of the little peninsula that houses it. Descending 3 levels there is plenty of evidence of the natural rock as it forms many of the massive walls. You begin by descending to the bottom and slowly working your way back up. As with any art space that houses modern artworks there are exhibits that you will find confronting, those that will make you think or question your perspectives; and there will be those that have you asking "Why is that even in here?" But that's the whole point. There is a nice little cafe on the top floor and a bar on the bottom floor - and in between is a labyrinth of rooms and walkways that you can happily lose yourself in as you study the exhibits and installations. And the ferry ride to and from MONA is an added bonus. No visit to Hobart is complete without a visit to MONA.
  • I spent a short few days in Hobart and I must say MONA was my favourite attraction to visit! 100% would recommend to take the ferry to MONA instead of the bus. The ferry is very well equipped, with cafe bars which has food to serve as well. MONA was very unique in a sense that everything was interactive. You are given a device to read the artist statements by using the GPS on the device to sense surrounding artworks, and it allows you to save your own customized tour of the artworks you were interested in. I'm not much of an art person to understand the depth of it, but a lot of the piece were easy to understand and even relatable. The building's architecture is notable as well, with an interesting layout. The one down side is the death gallery, only allows ~2 persons in it at a time, which you'd have to wait depending on how long the line is. Overall, I loved MONA and would highly recommend anyone to visit.
  • I didn't quite know what to expect coming here. It gets a lot of hype but without really saying what's in it.Looking back I kind of appreciate it. This is not just a typical museum. It's provocative, in your face, diverse, challenging. Some of it worked and some of it didn't but what worked made it more than worth it. My personal favourite pieces were the video of the butcher cutting up meat and the room where you had 25 TV screens of 25 people performing 1 of her albums..Probably doesn't sound all that interesting but that is what Mona does it has the capacity to surprise you. I got the first boat over and the last boat back and and still felt like I had to rush through the final bit so give yourself as much time as possible. 1 gripe is while I waited for the ferry back it started to rain heavily and there was no place under a roof to stay so I got soaked. Surely some shelter can be provided!
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