Elise Archer,Minister for the Arts
The Tasmanian Government is an avid supporter of the cultural and creative sector, and we welcome today’s announcement that the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is preparing to reopen.
The iconic Tasmanian attraction will reopen several of its spaces to the public on Boxing Day ahead of its tenth anniversary, and will be open four days a week from Fridays to Monday. The news comes on the same day we welcome travellers from Victoria back to our State without quarantine – both significant milestones as we continue on our journey to recover from COVID-19.
Like many popular tourist locations, MONA was forced to close its doors due to COVID-19 and has used that time to revamp the Museum to ensure its much loved exhibitions and attractions will be even more impressive upon reopening. Today I was delighted to see first-hand what visitors and locals can expect to see on Boxing Day.
MONA is a drawcard for many interstate visitors to our State who come to experience the world class attraction, but then stay on to experience everything our island has to offer – so it’s reopening is important news not only for our cultural and creative sector, but also for our visitor economy.
Entry will remain free for Tasmanians, however locals will be required to pay a deposit which can be refunded after their visit and all visitors will need to pre-book a ticket before entry.
I encourage locals and visitors alike to come and enjoy the amazing experiences on offer at MONA from Boxing Day, and I commend the work staff have put in to ensure the Museum continues to be a must see and much loved attraction long into the future.