Museum of Underwater Art
What is MOUA?
The Museum of Underwater Art (MOUA) is a globally-significant asset to Townsville North Queensland and the surrounding regions and more broadly to Queensland and Australia. As the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, MOUA will act to highlight reef conservation, restoration and education on a global scale.
MOUA offers a contemporary platform to share the stories of the reef, and the culture of its First Nations people, as well as spark a meaningful conversation and solution to reef conservation.
The sculptures have been conceptualized by world-famous underwater sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor. Two installations are already in place on The Strand and at John Brewer Reef –
approximately 80 kilometres off the coast with a further two locations planned at Magnetic and Palm Islands.
The vision of MOUA is to:
- Provide an underwater experience which inspires reef conversation
- Achieve positive environmental outcomes
- Engage the community in the cultural stories of land and sea
The vision of MOUA is to inspire reef and ocean conservation action and achieve positive environmental outcomes.
MOUA will set Townsville apart as a globally significant environmental tourism destination. It is expected to attract an additional 50,000 visitors to the Townsville region annually providing a boost to local businesses.
Education & Global Research
MOUA aims to advance education & offer opportunities for scientists, marine students & tourists to engage in action-based learning. An opportunity to conduct global research on coral reef restoration and new technology.
Arts & Culture
MOUA is an opportunity to use art to highlight our natural masterpiece – the Great Barrier Reef.
To Palm Islands
Indigenous Story Telling
By engaging the community to tell the cultural story of Palm Island and the Indigenous connection to the reef, land and sea.
Providing employment, training & cultural education opportunities for the people of Palm Island & generate 182 jobs annually for the Townsville community.