Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) will reopen on Boxing Day after closing its doors to the public back in March.
The public will be welcomed back but with a catch. Tasmanians, who previously had free access to MONA, will now be required to pre-book with a $10 deposit. They will receive their deposit back on the condition they show up or endure “a lifetime of shame,” according to MONA’s website.
“We’re looking forward to having anyone, so much so that we’ll be charging locals if they don’t come,” owner David Walsh Walsh said.
“We are, of course, aware that we are reopening just before our 10th anniversary, so we’ve dug out some old stuff to commemorate our opening.
“We are also looking to the future.”
During its nine-month closure, MONA’s galleries have been revamped with several new installations including a 7-metre-high bronze sculpture by American artist Tom Otterness on the museum lawns.