The world is filled with countless museums that showcase a variety of things, including works of art, pieces from the past, and even preserved plants and animals. Some museums may be deemed more unique than others, and that is definitely the case with one museum found in Tasmania, Australia.
The Museum of Old and New Art, also known as MONA, has been called "A subversive adult Disneyland" by its very owner, David Walsh. It is home to his collection of art and antiquities, as well as a winery, two restaurants, and a handful of bars.
They say you should bring a whole lot of sense of humor and curiosity when visiting MONA. For those with sensitive noses, you might want to bring something that can cover it.
The Poo Machine
One of the things that MONA has become known for is none other than Wim Delvoye's Cloaca Professional. If you're wondering what that is, Discover Tasmania's website describes it as "a grotesque chemistry-set that replicates the human digestive system, complete with daily output of faeces."
So if you ever end up wondering why you can smell poo while at the museum, now you know why.
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What Else You Can Find
It has been previously mentioned that, aside from its exhibitis, MONA is home to a winery, restaurants, and bar. But that these are not all that you can find when you visit. You can also find what is known as the Frying Pan.
Before you start thinking if you can use it to cook, that actually isn't the case. The Frying Pan is actually MONA's recording studio. It is home to the REDD.17 mixing desk, which actually came from London's Abbey Road Studios. The mixing desk was there from 1958 to 1980.
Aside from this, there is also an underground tunnel network known as Siloam. Its Pharos Wing was opened in 2017 and includes a tunnel to nowhere. To get here, you first have to be in the museum's underground galleries.
How to Purchase Tickets to MONA
If you're planning to visit MONA, please keep mind that pre-bookings are a must even if you're a resident of Tasmania. The museum is open from Mondays to Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
You can book your tickets here.
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