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  • Hours:

    Friday to Monday, 10am⁠–⁠5pm

If the weather is good, the music is outside on the lawns. If it’s crap, it’s inside the Ether building nearby. In the museum, you might find musician-in-residence Dean Stevenson performing live each day, or see folks in action in our recording studio, Frying Pan.

Upcoming

  • Chamberwoman

    Free

    19 July 1pm–3pm

    Mona Lawns

  1. Friday 19 July 2024

    1. Chamberwoman

      Deep, aching balladry with a country twang.

      • Free

      • 19 July 1–3pm

      • Mona Lawns

  2. Saturday 20 July 2024

    1. Thunder Fox

      Bombastic genre-blending pop-funk with big band energy, soaring vocals and an admirable commitment to real wet basslines.

      • Free

      • 20 July 1–3pm

      • Mona Lawns

  3. Sunday 21 July 2024

    1. Warren and Donna

      Proud Yuwaalaraay man (and fifteen year Tassie transplant) Warren—who's the brains / muscle behind Tin Camp Studios—is joined by teacher, healer and musician Donna for some songs and stories.

      • Free

      • 21 July 1–3pm

      • Mona Lawns

  4. Monday 22 July 2024

    1. Simon Patterson Trio

      Explorations of the classic jazz guitar trio format. Standards and contemporary stuff.

      • Free

      • 22 July 12–2pm

      • Mona Lawns

  5. Friday 26 July 2024

    1. Craig Woodward

      Old-time fiddler, banjoist and Cajun accordionist does fiddlin' 'n' singin'; mountain blues and ballads; Cajun two-steps; waltzes and stomps from the swamps.

      • Free

      • 26 July 1–3pm

      • Mona Lawns

  6. Saturday 27 July 2024

    1. Restless Leg

      A long-lived Sydney outfit that formed at a backyard party in 2012 and never looked back. Lean, direct 'Antipodean indie'.

      • Free

      • 27 July 1–3pm

      • Mona Lawns

  7. Sunday 28 July 2024

    1. Tapir

      Tapir are a pair of herbivorous ungulates who steer a course between summoning up mirage-like soundscapes from some hidden world and pitching headlong into the deepest of grooves.

      • Free

      • 28 July 1–3pm

      • Mona Lawns

  8. Monday 29 July 2024

    1. The Raccoons

      Classic rockabilly unit who've based their sound on the tough, wiry energy of English Teddy Boy bands. Not actual raccoons.

      • Free

      • 29 July 12–2pm

      • Mona Lawns

  9. Friday 2 August 2024

    1. Joshua Santospirito

      Hypnotic, surprising guitar improv. Maybe some voice. Definitely loops.

      • Free

      • 2 August 1–3pm

      • Mona Lawns

  10. Saturday 3 August 2024

    1. Handsome Molly

      An acoustic cruise through folk, country and blues. Warm harmonies, cello, banjo, guitar, and a keen sense of fun.

      • Free

      • 3 August 1–3pm

      • Mona Lawns

  11. Sunday 4 August 2024

    1. Liam & Co

      Melbourne-based drummer Liam has snaffled some home-grown talent to take you through jazz standards and some of his own originals.

      • Free

      • 4 August 1–3pm

      • Mona Lawns

  12. Monday 5 August 2024

    1. Dameza

      Dameza spins on actual decks. None of this iTunes bullshit. Electronica, classic TV and film tunes, hip hop and seventies funk, skilfully smooshed together.

      • Free

      • 5 August 1–3pm

      • Mona Lawns

  13. Friday 9 August 2024

    1. OM3

      Boundary-breaking genre-bending local jazz / punk / hip-hop collective.

      • Free

      • 9 August 1.30–3.30pm

      • Mona Lawns

  14. Saturday 10 August 2024

    1. Tasmanian Poetry Month Showcase

      The Tasmanian Poetry Month Showcase returns to Mona, for some poetry (obvs), spoken word and hip-hop from lyrical luminaries Laura Panopoulos, Chloe Mayne, Daniel J Townsend (and others).

      Presented in partnership with Red Room Poetry

      • Free

      • 10 August 1–2pm

      • Mona Lawns

    2. Grace Chia

      Grace throws thoughtful, hard-hitting bars (over boom-bap beats) that speak—heart on sleeve—of political and social issues not normally touched by the mainstream.

      • Free

      • 10 August 2–3pm

      • Mona Lawns

  15. Sunday 11 August 2024

    1. TEENS

      Tight, driven, high-flying post-punk from some likely locals. Just released their debut album (on wax). They'll do stuff from the album, plus some 'absolute freshies' (new songs).

      • Free

      • 11 August 1–3pm

      • Mona Lawns

  16. Friday 16 August 2024

    1. Delsinki & The Two Coachmen

      A 'shape-shifting uncategorisable post-colonialist'. Bit of a musical bowerbird, bit of a city-bound bush poet, singing songs of his environment.

      • Free

      • 16 August 1–3pm

      • Mona Lawns

  17. Saturday 17 August 2024

    1. Charles Malovnek Trio

      Energetic, expressive jazz and blues.

      • Free

      • 17 August 1–3pm

      • Mona Lawns

  18. Sunday 18 August 2024

    1. HALLUCIN8ER

      Solo freak from Sydney. Their words, not ours.

      • Free

      • 18 August 2–3pm

      • Mona Lawns

  19. Monday 19 August 2024

    1. Jody Sternberg and David Lewis

      An eclectic mix of tunes from a couple of Paris-based Australians. French songs, jazz standards and originals for trumpet, flugelhorn and vocals.

      • Free

      • 19 August 12–2pm

      • Mona Lawns

  20. Friday 23 August 2024

    1. Electrolyte Orchestra

      Captivating, high-energy dance-friendly music from local composer, producer and drummer Jonathan. Let loose, go on.

      • Free

      • 23 August 1–3pm

      • Mona Lawns

  21. Saturday 24 August 2024

    1. Aqrn

      Generative longform ambient synth soundscapes.

      • Free

      • 24 August 11–1pm

      • Mona Lawns

    2. Matthew Magnus

      Works for analogue synth and tape inspired by Hindustani classical music, the Coltranes and minimalist composers out of the US. There are worse things to draw from.

      • Free

      • 24 August 1–3pm

      • Mona Lawns

  22. Sunday 25 August 2024

    1. Tasha Zappala

      lutruwita / Tasmania-based alt-folk singer-songwriter who spends her time touring, making billypots of beans, drinking tea and capturing field recordings. The dream.

      • Free

      • 25 August 1–3pm

      • Mona Lawns

  23. Monday 26 August 2024

    1. DJ Pressed

      DJ. Digger. Producer. Master of the dark arts. Downtempo and lo-fi, dusty broken beats. Also a theremin, drum machine, and various FX.

      • Free

      • 26 August 12–2pm

      • Mona Lawns


Accessibility

Getting on the ferry

The lower deck is accessible for mobility aids and prams, and includes a bar and accessible toilet. Upon arrival at Mona, you will disembark at the bottom of 99 stairs that lead up to the museum entrance.

Getting around

Mobility aids
Mona is mostly accessible for mobility aids (wheelchairs, walking frames and scooters), prams, and assistance and guide dogs. The museum has a ground-level entrance, including an information desk, cloaking and shop; and three subterranean floors: B1 nearest the top, then B2, and B3 at the very bottom. Three lifts operate inside the museum: the main lift takes you from the museum entrance down to B3 and B1; the internal lift shuttles between B3, B2 and B1, but does not exit the museum; and the Pharos atrium travels from B3 to B2, connecting the underground tunnel network. We recommend bringing your own mobility aids (there’s quite a bit of walking in the museum). Mona has some wheelchairs available to borrow, but these can’t be reserved in advance. Speak to staff at the museum entrance when you get here.

Some parts of the museum are not accessible with mobility aids: the Pausiris chamber, parts of the heritage-listed Round House building, and certain artworks such as James Turrell’s Unseen Seen, Richard Wilson’s 20:50 and Alfredo Jaar’s The Divine Comedy.

Taking a break
There are seats throughout the museum if you want to relax (just don’t sit on the art, the curators get sad when that happens, unless it’s an art seat). There’s even a bar. Settle in. Have a drink. If you need somewhere quiet for a break, try the parent and carer room on B3. Speak to gallery staff positioned throughout the museum if you need assistance.

Good to know
The museum can get a bit dark, noisy and sometimes smelly. Strobe lighting operates in some areas; check the map on your O. Be aware if you don’t like confined spaces. Ditto the feeling of getting a bit lost. It’s all part of your journey through Mona. Mona’s grounds are a bit hilly and mostly accessible via footpaths and ramps. Here you’ll find the mostly accessible Moorilla Wine Bar and Ether Building, which houses accommodation reception on the ground floor and the Source Restaurant and Cellar Door upstairs (accessible via lift).

Contact

If you have any questions or specific requirements, contact our Bookings and Enquiries team before your visit.

visit@mona.net.au

+61 (3) 6277 9978

And if you have any feedback on accessibility at Mona, please let us know by filling out this form.