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Images depict various buildings that make up the Montsalvat Complex.
Including the Great Hall
The Ornamental Pool.
The Bluestone Chapel.
The Gatehouse and the Stables
Images depict various buildings that make up the Montsalvat Complex.

Montsalvat Arts Centre

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Justus Jorgensen with his artist community 1934


Celebrate 90 years with Montsalvat, Australia’s oldest continuously operating artists' collective. Blending art with architecture, community and culture, Montsalvat is an ode to artistic practice, sustainable architecture and connection to people and place.

From mudbrick cottages to vaulted halls, explore a world hand-built by Justus Jorgensen and his followers. Gargoyles and bosses, stained glass windows and countless sculptures await discovery as the relics of lives dedicated to creativity, with Montsalvat as their witness.

Today, this legacy is upheld by our studio artists and all who contribute and celebrate art of all forms at this historic place. 

What's On

Montsalvat is open to the public as a heritage site and creative program space, as well as an operating artist community. Visitors can expect to see studio artists working onsite, exhibitions across multiple galleries, incredible examples of early environmental architecture as well as free roaming birdlife.

There will also be self-guided tour pamphlets available outlining the 90-year-old history of Montsalvat, as well as a variety of art-centric activities for kids and adults alike. On the evening of Sunday 28 there will be an outdoor wine bar and Montsalvat’s monthly Jazz Night concert in the Barn Gallery, with tickets available at the door on the day.

Children's Activities

There will be a bingo activity sheet and an attended kids colouring station, as well as a variety of entertainment.

Images: (1) Montsalvat. (2) Montsalvat ornamental pool. (3) Monstsalvat bluestone chapel. (4) Montsalvat gate house. (5) Montsalvat stables. (6) Montsalvat. All photos: Selby Dalton.

Important Details

Time & Date

Sunday 28 July
Open access 10am-5pm
Tour runs 11.30am
Running for 60 minutes in a group of 20

No bookings required. Tour group capacity is limited and operates on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parking is in the front carpark. Additional parking can be found along Hillcrest Ave, Metery Rd, and surrounding streets.

Public transport is highly encouraged. Take the train (Hurstbridge line) to Eltham station and bus #582 (Eltham Town Service). Disembark at the Rockliffe St / Mt Pleasant Rd stop and walk a short distance along Hillcrest Ave to Montsalvat. 


Partially wheelchair accessible, Accessible bathroom, Accessible parking nearby, Available online post-event

As our site is a heritage complex, there are unfortunately buildings with stairs that are not wheelchair accessible. Some buildings are located down a hill, which is accessible but may pose challenges for some. There is uneven pavement in areas and sloped gravel paths. Some doorways are lower than current standards. We recommend proceeding with care.


7 Hillcrest Ave, Eltham VIC 3095

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