Founded, built and curated by a Tasmanian millionaire, David Walsh, the Museum of Old and New Art (the MONA) has made a huge impact on the art scene in Tasmania. Recently launched in 2011, the MONA, which was once the Moorilla Museum of Antiquities, had undergone a $75 million renovation.
Inside, visitors will discover over 400 works of art, ranging from ancient Egyptian to contemporary pieces that are a part of David Walsh’s private collection.
Mr. Walsh’s take on the modern museum reaches beyond the art and into the architecture and structure in general. Forget squinting at small title cards next to paintings; pay attention to your electronic device that targets info for your location, and then vote for your likes and dislikes along the way.
The majority of the building sits underground since it was Mr. Walsh’s wish to preserve a few buildings on the property, as well as to create a sense of surprise. There are also no windows inside the building intentionally to build the atmosphere.
Also on the same site is the Moorilla Winery, a brewery, a restaurant and a hotel – all making it possible to spend more than just the day in Hobart’s northern area.