We spent our Boxing day visiting MONA (Museum of Old and New Arts).
This is a museum with a difference indeed. The location is amazingly beautiful accessible by ferry or road. MONA is built on the ground of Moorilla Estate, Tasmania’s second-oldest vineyard. The site cost $75 million to build, contains $30 million worth of art and costs $8 million a year to run. It is privately funded by Tasmanian, David Walsh. The architecture of the museum building (see image above) is amazing. There is a mixture of antiquities, modern and contemporary art. Visitors are given an iPod touch that uses GPS to work out which artwork they are standing in front of, then gives a running commentary from Walsh himself, interviews with the artists and plenty more.
Nothing can be more relaxing than late lunch at the outdoor deck of The Source Restaurant, looking out at the big stage with live music.
Later that afternoon, we visited the historic village of Richmond. Its most famous landmark is the Richmond Bridge, built in 1823 to 1825, around the time of the town’s first settlement. It is Australia’s oldest bridge still in use.