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What to see in Hobart if you love art?
Hobart is one of Australia's oldest and most charming cities and is the centre of a thriving art scene that attracts visitors from around the world. Plan a trip to this town in Australia's southernmost island and discover its rich culture and history for yourself with the help of this guide on what to see in Hobart.
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Running over July and August, is the Hadley's Art Prize, an Australian landscape prize which awards $100,000 to the winner.
The prestigious annual Hadley's Art Prize takes place in the historic Hadley's Orient Hotel which dates back to 1834 and has a long association with supporting Australian artists. Hadley's Orient Hotel - a luxurious boutique hotel that is full of old world charm in Hobart's central business district - features custom-made art galleries for the annual art prize. It's easy to immerse yourself in Australian art in Hobart when staying at Hadley's and highly appealing custom packages are available throughout the exhibition. Hadley's is the ideal base for exploring Hobart's art scene.
The Tasmania Museum and Art GalleRY
An art lover visit to Hobart would not be complete without a trip to the Tasmania Museum and Art Gallery, which was established in 1846 by one of the Royal Society of Tasmania. The Tasmania Museum and Art Gallery boasts a fascinating mix of contemporary and historic displays, all housed in a beautiful and elegant building. A must for art lovers, it's the perfect place to while away at least a couple of hours in Hobart - and it's completely free!
Tasmania's Museum of Old and New Art
Tasmania's Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is one of the most essential things to do in Hobart if you love art. It's a relatively new museum, opening in 2011, but has quickly become a magnet for Hobart art enthusiasts with its innovative displays of modern art juxtaposed with antiquities. MONA enjoys its reputation for being one of the best art museums in Australasia because of these frequently changing exhibits, which offer an intense and exhilarating experience. There is also the 'Monaism' collection which permanently showcases the highlights of the collection.
Other things to see and do in Hobart
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As well as museums art galleries, visitors to Hobart can also find inspiration by visiting or gazing down at the city from the peaks of snow-capped Mount Wellington - there is a road to the summit where you will find a stunning lookout. Why not stop for lunch at the historic Royal Tasmania Botanical Gardens and admire the many rare and exotic flora before heading to Salamanca Market - a bustling destination, popular for picking up tasty treats and gifts.