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Monday 13 September 2021

MONA unveils a special treat for Tasmanians

Tasmanians are being encouraged to raid David Walsh’s private wine bunker with a new MONA experience unveiled for locals for a limited time. 

From Saturday, September 25, Tasmanian residents can indulge in a decadent day out at the museum, with special access to artworks, top-notch wine and live music. 

Walsh sums the deal up as an "‘Locals-only VIP-ish day of art and overly expensive wine that we need to get rid of’ experience". 

Guests will begin the day rising to MONA in style, with return ferry travel and bottomless bubbles in the MONA ROMA Posh Pit. 

On site, guests are granted exclusive entry to James Turrell’s transportive Event Horizon (currently only open to Faro diners) and can explore the museum’s extensive collection as well as the current exhibition, CRONE by Sally Rees. 

In the afternoon, visitors are invited to MONA's fine-dining restaurant, The Source, for an hour-long wine tasting session at 2.45pm. 

With borders closed, Walsh's personal cellar has been left languishing, so MONA is encouraging locals to do their bit and drink him dry. 

MONA's sommeliers have hand-selected some of the finest and fanciest wines from the boss's booze collection, exclusively for Mona’s home state VIP-ish guests. 

Later, guests will head back into the museum for the performance by Dean Stevenson of his 4pm project in the Void Bar.

Pip Anderson, the hospitality operations manager at MONA says: ‘With very few mainlanders able to visit, it’s time for us locals to live it up. I’m not one to let a good wine go to waste, so we’re cracking some of the seriously good stuff for our Tassie mates. 

"Come on down and help us put a dent in David’s collection—you’d be doing us a favour. David certainly can’t drink it all by himself, though I know he’s tried."

Costing very fair $83, the Locals-only VIP-ish experience is available exclusively to Tasmanian residents on Saturdays only, and for a limited time (Tasmanian ID is required on site). 

The package includes museum entry (already free for locals), the fancy wine tasting experience, Event Horizon entry fee, return Posh Pit ferry travel and a drink from the Void Bar. 

The experience will run every Saturday for five weeks (Saturday September 25–October 23), with only 44 tickets available on each date.

For more information or to make a booking visit: 

# Locals tell me tickets sold out within a couple of hours  

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