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MONA - Museum of Old and New Art

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by Diana Brown (subscribe)
Freelance writer, mother of three beautiful cheeky children and devoted animal activist.
Published July 24th 2012
I must admit I was a little apprehensive about visiting the renowned MONA - Museum of Old and New Art. I had heard a lot of mixed reviews, but I wanted to see it for myself.

Well, what can I say, except wow! Love it or hate it? I must say it was a bit of both for me. There was no denying that it was an unreal experience - one I am sure I will remember for a very long time.



We began our adventure on the ferry ride, 30 minutes on the top deck basked in glorious sunshine with Captain as our tour guide, pointing out all the sites along the way. When you finally arrive at MONA you are greeted by a flight of what looks like never ending steps.



MONA's entrance is covered in mirrors, like the kind you find at a Luna Park or amusement centre, the ones that alter the way you look. Now that I have experienced MONA, I can appreciate how fitting this entrance is - things are not always what they seem.



MONA is an interactive experience, in this museum you need to use all your senses. Everyone is given an O upon arrival and headphones. The O is like an iPod, it has information on all the displays, plus artist details and interviews

As you make your way from one piece of art to the next, you find yourself so engrossed in everything around you that the concept of time seems to disappear, Before you know it, you have come to the end and it's been three hours. You feel amazed, somewhat stunned and a little disturbed.

This is art you have never experienced before.
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Why? There was no denying that it was an unreal experience - one I am sure I will remember for a very long time.
When: Mon: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed - Sun: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Website: mona.net.au
Where: 655 Main Road, Berriedale, Hobart 7011
Cost: $20 admission (free if you are a Tasmanian)
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