Mona reopens its semi-subterranean galleries on Boxing Day

Mona – Museum of Old and New Art will reopen its semi-subterranean galleries, outdoor art and bars and restaurants after a nine-month pandemic-induced shutdown from 26 December 2020. In celebration of the Museum’s 10th anniversary, the galleries have undergone a major revamp, displaying owner and founder David Walsh’s extensive personal collection of ancient, modern and contemporary art. From old favourites to hidden gems never-before-seen at the venue, the rehang comprises around 350 collection highlights.

This one-stop destination for art and entertainment also offers live music and new dining options. For the kids (and adults), a seven-metre high bronze sculpture by American artist Tom Otterness doubles as a children’s playground. Mona will remain open to the public from Friday to Monday, ‘provided the world and its many surprises don’t intervene,’ says Walsh.

Pharos, Mona. Photograph: MONA/Jesse Hunniford. Courtesy the artist and Mona – Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania