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Thursday, December 31, 2015

20 Dec 2015 - Tasmania Day 7: Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)

Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is a highly recommended attraction by quite a number of travel portal. MONA was officially opened on 21 January 2011 and it is the largest privately funded museum in Australia. The museum presents antiquities, modern and contemporary art from the David Walsh collection.
After purchasing the admission tickets, we walked down a spiral staircase to the bottom most level to start our visit.  Before entering to the exhibits area, each of us was issued with a mobile device with a ear phone.  It acted as our guide in this museum.  There was an app running in the device and based on our location in the museum, it will display images of the exhibits around us.  Once we clicked on the image, it shows a brief description of that particular exhibit.  It was a good way to keep the kids busy, even though they may not appreciate the art.
There are three levels of labyrinthine display.  At basement three, there were some displays which are not suitable for kids, so we skipped that section.
There were Egyptian mummies on display which was quite interesting.
At one point, we saw a queue building up in front of a gallery.  It is called the Death Gallery whereby on display was a Mummy and coffin of Pausiris Egypt, c. 100 BCE–CE 100.  As the access to the display was narrow, low light, hazardous footpath with water around, only two people are allowed into the gallery at the same time.  All the black area in the photo below was water.
Another interesting exhibit is the water fountain that forms words as the water flows down.  Jerlene and Javier were very fascinated by the display.
We spent more than 2 hours in the museum.  However, that's not all.  Before entering the museum, Jerlene and Javier spotted a trampoline by the river.  The moment we stepped out of the building, they ran straight to the trampoline.
We took a wefie along Derwent River with Mount Wellington in the background.
As we walked to the car park, we spotted a large chess set.  Jerlene and Javier decided to play a game before leaving MONA.



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