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A photograph of a room with pale marble floors and sunlight streaming through arched windows in the background. A chair with red upholstery and a small checkered, round table are pictured in the foreground of the photo. The table has a blue tea cup and saucer, and a glass bowl with a gold stand, on it.
A photograph looking through a narrow hallway. The wallpaper is deep red and the floor is checkered black and white. There is a small wooden side table with lamps to the left, and a large vintage clock on the right.
A vintage, sepia-toned, photograph of a double story single-fronted house. Two young children stand on the footpath in front of the gates of the house.
On the left of this photo a hexagonal brown frame on a wall holds 5 small white circular plaster-cast coins, displayed in a '+' arrangement. On the left, a white marble statue of a woman with draped cloth over her in sits in front of a mirror.
A photo of a room with yellow wallpaper, black and white checkered floors, a marble fireplace, yellow armchairs, and a wooden table in the center. On each surface in the room, decorative objects fill up the space and walls.

The Johnston Collection

John McIntosh 1860


The Johnston Collection acknowledges the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet, exhibit and celebrate art and heritage.

The Johnston Collection is a multi-award-winning and critically acclaimed museum that invites creatives from the broader visual arts and design communities to re-interpret the Collection through a regular program of re-installation and interventions of the permanent collection.

The museum has a superb collection of English Georgian, Regency, and Louis XV fine and decorative arts, and objets d’art which were a gift from William Robert Johnston (1911-1986) to the people of Victoria. Johnston was a prominent Melbourne-born antique dealer, real estate investor and collector. The Collection is displayed in a constantly changing domestic setting in his former residence 'Fairhall,' a historic East Melbourne townhouse.

What's On

Our friendly volunteer guides will guide visitors through the rooms of Fairhall exhibition house for a house tour of the collection. Our current exhibition 'The Best of Britain' will focus on key items in TJC that reflect the best of Britain.

Images: (1) The Green Drawing Room at The Johnston Collection, East Melbourne. Photo: Adam Luttick. (2) The Entrance Hall at The Johnston Collection, East Melbourne. Photo: Adam Luttick. (3) Fairhall photographed in 1900. Photographer unknown. (4) Detail from 'Objects of My Affection: stories of love from The Johnston Collection', 2021. Photo: Adam Luttick. (5) The Yellow Room at The Johnston Collection, East Melbourne. Photo: Adam Luttick.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 29 + Sunday 30 July
Tours run 10am, 12pm + 2pm
Running for 90 minutes in groups of 22
Bookings required
First release tickets: Thursday 6 July, 12pm
Second release tickets: Saturday 8 July, 10am

The Johnston Collection is located in a residential area. For this reason, we can not publish our address or allow direct entry to the Collection.
All visitors must arrive via The Johnston Collection courtesy bus with pick-up at Pullman Melbourne on the Park, 192 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne, ten minutes before the start of the event you have booked into.
Entry will not be permitted to those coming directly to the Collection, including confirmed bookings.
Bookings are essential.
Visitors can opt to return to Pullman Melbourne on the Park in our courtesy bus at the completion of their visit.


Partially wheelchair accessible, Accessible bathroom, Accessible parking nearby, Sensory friendly


8 years and above


192 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne (Pick up zone only)

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