During my Tasmania research, I heard about MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) in Hobart and started to wonder if it was OK to take the kids. There are mixed reviews on-line. It was established by a wealthy Tasmanian - who actually made his money through betting syndicates (he is apparently a slightly autistic person with an incredible ability with numbers and probability).
|On the MONA Roma - the boat from central Hobart to the museum (cattle class - literally!)|
|Scooter Love for my Brother in Law - who runs the Scooter Den|
|Motoring exhibitions - a "fat" Porche with a real Vienna number plate|
We arrived at the purpose built museum which has certainly put Hobart and Tasmania on the map. You accend 99 steps to the museum entrance (I just loved these quirky details). The staff at every point are extremely helpful, friendly and being proactive to make the whole experience a pleasure. Adults are allowed to pick up an ipod which has written and spoken descriptions of the art pieces. There are no descriptions or labels on anything. So with the “O” you click on it and it knows where you are in the museum and then you "touch" the piece or art on your "O" and can choose to read or listen to something about it or read/listen the to “art wank” which was mostly quirky, humerous or insightful.
It feels predominately modern art but its certainly a mix. Egyptian, to Japanese, to mutli-media - its eclectic, strange but delighting. And where there is any adult or potentially disturbing content there are staff always direct the kids away or warn you.
It is not just the museum but its a whole concept. There are several eating establishments for all tastes. Focusing on the best of Tasmania's food and drinks. As it was Sunday, we were entertained with live music as we took a break on the grass lying on bean bags and enjoying lunch.
|Ron adds to part of the exhibition - now stored in a vault in MONA|
|Ron's rubbing on stones from the Hiroshima train station|
|A metal temple in the gardens|
All in all MONA was a fabulous day and the weather gods were smiling, which is not always the case in Tassie.
|Jumping for Joy at MONA|
MONA - just do it!