Known as the ‘submersive adult Disneyland’ and a ‘museum of sex and death’, Mona is a world-class place that needs to be seen to be believed. With descriptors like that it’s easy to tell that this isn’t a bog-standard cultural institution; instead this immersive museum experience will captivate you the moment you walk through the gates. Spend the day enjoying this wickedly controversial private art collection, soaking up the sun on the sprawling lawns and feasting on the decadent food and booze that’s on offer.
Mona showcases owner David Walsh’s private 1900 piece collection of art and antiques, with 300 items displayed at any one time. The building itself is a masterpiece – a three-level subterranean concrete cave that makes you feel like you’ve just stepped into Batman’s bunker. While you wander around you’ll see the art that’s there to shock (the casts of 150 vaginas), to create a stink (a room-sized digestive track), to make you wonder (the mummy of a man who died in Egypt 2000 years ago), and to simply be awed at (the waterfall that spells out words on its descent). There’s no wall text, but they do supply hand-held devices that spill the beans on that ‘art-wank’.
Once you’ve finished perusing the art and becoming cultured, you can get stuck into one of Mona’s many eateries. Check out the Source Restaurant on the lawn overlooking the on-site vineyard, or better yet, give the indoor Faro restaurant a try and enjoy decadent share-plates galore. Once you’re finished enjoy a Moorilla wine at one of the many bars or enjoy one of Mona’s speciality MooBrew beers.
How much does it cost to visit Mona?
Mona is free for residents of Tasmania or anyone under 18. Everyone else needs to pay $30 or if you have a concession card it’s $27.
If you want to arrive in style, catch the fast ferry from Hobart’s Brooke Street Pier (there’s booze on board the boat by the way). Otherwise, it’s just a short 15 minute drive from Hobart city.
What to wear to Mona
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All you need to know about Mona
Where: Just outside Hobart CBD
When: Open six days a week, closed Tuesdays
Hours: 10am-5pm, with extended hours in summer
Cost: $30 or less