Mona in Hobart

Spend a long weekend in Hobart in the company of contemporary art curator Gitte Weise, enjoying special access to the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), as well as other galleries and art spaces.

Enjoy a full-day tour of Mona, including visits to special exhibitions, a tour of the Moorilla winery and an exploration of Pharos, Mona’s new wing, featuring major installations by James Turrell, Charles Ross, Richard Wilson, Jean Tinguely, Randy Polumbo and Nam June Paik. Immerse yourself in ZERO, Mona’s eclectic new exhibition of collaborative pieces of art that evoke a sensory reaction in the viewer through vibration.

Also visit undiscovered galleries and contemporary art spaces in other areas within Hobart, which is fast becoming Australia’s capital of contemporary art.

Enjoy an exclusive tour of a vast private contemporary collection housed over four floors in The Mercury newspaper’s former headquarters.

You may like to attend the upcoming talk with Gitte Weise on Saturday, 3 November. For more information, click here.


This tour is part of the World Art Tours program organised by the Art Gallery Society of NSW in partnership with Renaissance Tours.

Suggested arrival in Hobart in the early afternoon. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements.

Make your way to the hotel and check in. At 17:15, meet Gitte and fellow travellers in the hotel reception and walk to the Michael Bugelli gallery for a special welcome reception, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.


After breakfast, travel by ferry to Mona – the Museum of Old and New Art – located on a private peninsula on the Derwent River, and part of the Moorilla Estate. Opened in January 2011, it is the largest privately funded museum in the southern hemisphere, housing antiquities and modern and contemporary art from the collection of David Walsh.

Immerse yourself in a full-day tour with visits to special exhibitions such as ZERO, Fabien Giraud and Raphael Siboni’s The Unmanned and an introduction to James Turrell’s artworks. Lunch is at leisure followed by a private guided tour of the Moorilla winery. Dinner is at Faro, a newly opened restaurant in Mona, including a viewing of James Turrell’s Amarna sunset sequence.


This morning is at leisure, with the opportunity to explore the Salamanca Market, Hobart’s famous Saturday market.

This afternoon, visit the Old Mercury Building for an exclusive private tour of the 1930s headquarters of The Mercury newspaper, now the centre of a new arts precinct. Arts patron Penny Clive and her husband Bruce Neill purchased the former home of Tasmania’s state newspaper building in 2013, with a clear view of keeping its cultural significance intact through reinvention. This was achieved by incorporating art spaces and exhibitions within its four floors for visitors to enjoy, maintaining its cultural heritage status.

In the evening, there is the opportunity to attend a performance by the Tasmanian Symphony of Orchestra (to be confirmed, performance details to be announced early 2019; not included in tour price, additional cost applies).


Check out of the hotel in the morning and visit the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, which was established by The Royal Society of Tasmania in 1846. Enjoy a guided tour, followed by a special farewell lunch with Gitte and fellow travellers at a gourmet restaurant.

Tour arrangements conclude after lunch. If you are returning home today, make your way to the airport for your homeward flight.

Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements, including any additional nights’ accommodation, either before or after the tour.


Per person, Twin/Double from

AUD 3,450

Single from

AUD 4,000

Deposit per person (at time of booking)

AUD 500

Final payment due

13 September 2019

Tour code


Fitness level

Please see Terms & Conditions for fitness level definitions.

Suggested airline

Please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for current airfares and flight reservations.


New Zealand passport holders do not require a visa to visit Australia.

Tour price includes

  • Three nights’ accommodation in a 5-star luxury hotel in central Hobart, with breakfast daily (B)
  • All meals as per itinerary (L = Lunch, D = Dinner), including wine
  • Comprehensive sightseeing including local guides and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Talks and discussions with your tour leader, Gitte Weise
  • Transfers to Mona via ferry and return to Hobart via comfortable air-conditioned coach
  • A bottle of Moorilla wine and a signed copy of Monanisms by David Walsh
  • Gratuities for local guides and drivers

Tour price does not include

  • Airfares (please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
  • Airport/hotel transfers on arrival and departure
  • Items of a personal nature (e.g. telephone, laundry, minibar etc.)
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended; please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)


Your hotel

Hobart – MACq 01 Hotel *****
Opened in 2017, Hobart’s premiere waterfront MACq01 Hotel offers generously proportioned rooms that present a unique sense of Tasmanian history and identity. Rooms are equipped with flat-screen TV, WiFi and coffee machine, while the Story Bar and Old Wharf Restaurant highlight locally-sourced wines, spirits and produce. Situated in the Hunter Street Precinct, the hotel is conveniently located nearby Salamanca Place, Hobart Docks and an array of cafés, studios and galleries.

N.B. A hotel of a similar standard may be substituted

Macq 01 Hotel


Mona’s new exhibition is a visceral experience in the manipulation of objects, their vibrations, and interactions within the space they occupy. The general aim of the exhibition is to provoke a sensory experience in the viewer. Vibration, in particular, which is a core element of the art works, attempts to elicit a reaction that comes from deep within a person, in a way that is more primal than intellectual. The ZERO movement, as it is now internationally known, was started by Heinz Mack, Otto Piene and Günther Uecker, a group of students in Dusseldorf in the late 1950s who wanted to create art that was free of the restrictions that governed the individualistic nature of art at the time. They created collaborative pieces of art that abandoned its solitary and perfunctory nature by making them interact with each other through movement and vibration. For the first time in Australia, some of the key international figures of the Zero movement are exhibiting together in Mona, including artists such as Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, Günther Uecker, Yayoi Kusama, Nanda Vigo, Yves Klein, Marcel Duchamp and Lucio Fontana.