Museum and MONA FOMA


We're being MONA FOMA'ed!

The MONA FOMA 2019 extravaganza will bring a bursting program of arts, music and endless experiences to Launceston over the eight day festival, and we're thrilled that the Museum has been chosen as MONA FOMA's headquarters for MONA's Northern festival.

We're super excited to don the onesies and get caught up MONA FOMA mania but there is a serious side …

… when MONA FOMA pumps up the volume, we need to make sure the community's collections are safe and sound.

Some of the items on display are incredibly delicate and sensitive to vibrations from sound systems. Our curatorial and conservation experts have been on the case and are working to protect these treasures.

From Monday 14 January, we'll start to move some items out of the exhibition areas in the Museum and insulate others with vibration protection. For this reason the Tasmanian Connections Gallery will be closed from Monday 14 January to Friday 25 January. For safety during the event set-up and pack-down, the Blacksmith Shop and Traverser Courtyard will also be closed.

While the Museum will be closed to the general public for three of the festival days, 18 to 20 January, MONA FOMA ticketholders will be able to access all (excluding the above) areas of the Museum's collections, exhibitions and the Planetarium* during this time. 

Residents and visitors can drop in to the Art Gallery on Wellington Street to draw breath and relax. The cool space of 10 galleries offers a visual feast for the eyes, contemplation time and the opportunity to engage with our shared history. The Art Gallery is open from 10am to 5pm daily. 

The festival line-up features: Courtney Barnett (AUS), Mulatu Astatke (ETH), Neneh Cherry (SWE), Oneohtrix Point Never: Myriad (USA), Satu Vänskä + the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (AUS) plus many more. Full program and tickets available from

*The MONA FOMA program will be delivered in the Planetarium on 18, 19 and 20 January. The Planetarium show schedule will resume on Monday 21 January.