Art, but not as you know it

On the banks of the Derwent River in Tasmania rests the gorgeous Museum of Old and New Art.

Don’t visit here if you’re hoping to lay eyes on majestic paintings and elegant sculptures. Instead, prepare to experience a simulation of euthanasia and watch an artistic video on menstruation.

If you haven’t already gathered, MONA houses some of the most confronting and controversial art collections in the world.  You wouldn’t expect such an alluring heritage-listed building and is filled with such dark and provocative pieces.

It’s not all gross and glum. Though the themes, like sex and death, are portrayed in quite a bold and graphic manner, the art is as educational and entertaining as it is shocking.

A standout for me was the “rain-painting machine” created by German artist, Julius Popp. It uses more than 100 data-driven water nozzles to drip water into the shape of prevalent phrases occurring across news websites. The two-storey beauty sheds light (literally) on digital evolution and the current issues affecting our society, in a truly unique and captivating way.


Recover from the intense cultural experience and share interpretations with friends over a crisp, locally-sourced Tasmanian wine at MONA’s al fresco cafe. Or, unleash your inner artist fully and stay overnight in one of the eight on-site accommodation pavilions.

Offering an original blend of culture and contentiousness, MONA has something to please all kinds of museum goers, whether you’re old or new.