MONA – Museum of Old and New Art – How to do a day trip
One of the highlights of Hobart, and an art museum unlike any other. Some love it. Others hate it. Provocative, dizzying at times, but mostly in your face. Only one way to find out if MONA’s your thing.
A visit to Hobart isn’t quite complete without a trip to MONA. Beyond an art gallery it was a multi-sensory experience that’ll likely leave you either thinking, cursing, or just really confused. Here’s how to plan a trip to MONA and some ideas on what to expect there. The exhibits might differ but the concept is there.
Getting to MONA
If you don’t have your own transport, you can get to MONA by ferry or bus. Both depart from Brooke Street Pier, and for buses there’s possibility of boarding at the airport. Any of these methods will cost AUD 22 for a return trip. For departures from Brooke Street Pier it’s possible to purchase transport and admission tickets in the pier, or you can get them online too. Here’s the ferry timetable, MONA express timetable and the airport express timetable.
Apparently MONA was designed to be approached by water, so ferries are the recommended mode of approach and the fastest way to get there, in about half an hour. On board decor is funky, which I guess is part of the experience. In my opinion it was kinda fun but nothing amazing, but since the alternatives cost the same why not. There’s a long flight of stairs from the pier to the museum though, so if movement is inconvenient the bus may be a better option.
How much does it cost
Other than transport costs of AUD 22, the only other thing you’d need to pay for is the admission of AUD 30, also either at Brooke St Pier or online. Some exhibits require additional tickets, but for most AUD 52 is what you’ll need to fork out. All about visiting MONA here.
How long will I need
2 hours should be enough to explore the many floors and rooms in the museum, though some people spend half or even a full day here and never get bored. Taking into account
Snippets of the MONA experience
At the risk of spoiling the surprise here are some snippets from MONA in May 2019. Just a sample of those that can be captured in a shot. Some involved strobe lights, movement or other senses and can’t quite be captured. Definitely something to experience yourself.
The fun continues outside! There’s an inviting lawn as well as restaurants on top of the museum (mostly underground).