Museum of Old and New Art (Mona)
The Mona Museum is one of the most popular places to visit in Hobart with kids. The museum was established by a local art collector and professional gambler David Walsh in 2011. With 1,900 quirky artworks and counting, it is the largest privately owned museum in Australia and the most controversial one.
Mona is the perfect opportunity for kids to realize that art is more than just classical painting and sculpture. The youngest family members will be delighted to discover Wim Delvoye’s “poo machine” Cloaca Professional and jump on the outdoor musical trampoline Danser La Musique. There are no signs explaining the exhibits—you’ll learn all you need to know from the location-tracking app The O. To help you navigate the museum with kids, children-friendly artworks are labelled “O Minor.”
The best way to reach the museum when travelling with kids is catch the high-speed Mona Roma ferry that departs from the Brooke Street Pier. Expect the 25-minute ride to be full of fun surprises including graffiti art, full-size sacred white cow, and sheep-formed seats. Keep in mind, however, that the ferry is not pram accessible.