The ‘Posh Pit’ on the Mona Roma (a $55 ‘Business Class style upgrate from the $20 standard return ticket price) to Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art on a Friday morning in November was mostly couples, with the addition of a group of Women clearly on a girls weekend.
It was sparsely crowded (unlike the rest of the vessel) and we were served sparking wine and canapes. It might have been 9:30am but it didn’t feel too early.
Mona – Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art
Mona is submerged, darkly lit, full of steps and interactive exhibts and has an informative device called an O which includes tabs for basic information, ‘Art Wank’ and Audio instead of stickers on walls by art works. It also alerts you when you’re approaching the sexy stuff.
One of my favourite pieces was ‘Tim’ – a heavily tattooed man sitting with his back to the growds and a supervisor. Apparently his job to sit upright all day and his aspirations as to how the work will complete itself made me feel queasy.
The same artist also created my least favourite piece, a replica of a human digestive system which saw me rapidly exiting the room feeling sick when it was fed.
The Winery at Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art
The Moriolla Winery Introduction which was included in my ferry ticket price was the most rapid wine tour of my life but did feature generous tastings of four wines (sparkling, Chardonay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir).
My entire trip took just under 5 hours including 20 minutes each way on the ferry, the 30 minute wine tour and 2.5 hours in the museum (which flew by!).
Have you been to Mona? Does a mixing a winery tour and a museum sound like an ideal day?