Right off the bat the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart, Australia, is different. First of all, it is accessed best by a pink army print ferry that is a little bit Great Gatsby themed on the inside, with gold velvet couches, a chandelier and a bar. When you get off the ferry there’s not a clear indication of where to go, but eventually you wander through a tennis court and into the main entrance.
The MONA is the world’s largest private museum and is argued to be the most controversial private collection of modern art in the world. It has been called a ‘subversive adult Disneyland’, which I agreed with almost immediately. You would never expect such a controversial and forward museum to be in the tiny state of Tasmania.
Here are some of the best and weirdest things to see at the MONA:
It’s pretty typical to see someone driving a Porsche with an inflated head, but only at the MONA can you see a regular sized head driving an inflated Porsche.
The sounds of a choir dressed in their very best raincoats.
Some sad little gold fish (don’t worry they’re safe… I think).
Water that can spell.
A real live tattoo man.
This live exhibit that seriously played the whole time we were there…
Bacteria pooping (for real).
This is only a small portion of what there is to see at the MONA… a very small and strange portion that can only truly be experienced in person.
The MONA is the type of museum that would even be shocking to your most creative friend, who wears too much eye liner, from New York City. Seriously it is so weird, and easily the best art gallery I’ve been to. I would never have expected an art museum like this to be in tiny Hobart, Australia, but that’s where it is, so go visit it!