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Exhibition-house Tours & Special Events

The Johnston Collection is administered as an independent not-for-profit museum by The W R Johnston Trust.

PLEASE NOTE:    A $3.50 booking fee applies for online bookings. This covers banking costs and fees charged to us by our ticketing provider for online sales.  An $8.00 booking and administration fee applies for telephone bookings.  Thank you for your understanding.

PLEASE NOTE | A ticket for a Fairhall exhibition-house tour does not include admission to any of our lectures. For Lecture bookings please select Lectures in the menu above.

Click on the blue arrow to the right of the screen to scroll through the calendar. 

Exhibition-house Tours descriptions appear below the calendar.



The Johnston Collection is proud to be a part of the annual Victorian Seniors Festival and recognises the valuable contribution older people have made and continue to make to our community.

This year we are offering Seniors a special price of $20.00 (normally $25.00) for exhibition-house tours  from Monday 8 October to Friday 12 October 2018. A booking fee of $3.50 applies for online and telephone bookings.

HOME MADE GOOD | Christmas at The Johnston Collection 18|19

Monday 1 October 2018 – Tuesday 5 February 2019

Our Summer | Christmas exhibition continues our collaborations with contemporary makers by inviting, supporting and encouraging them to create ‘new works based on old objects.’

This year, The Johnston Collection has commissioned Melbourne-based artists and collectives to create and contribute to our annual Summer exhibition. Artists include 

Barbara Porter
Adrien Trevillian
Dear Songsuwan from KAMI
The Bond Family
Les Morgan
Hotham Street Ladies
Hannah Gartside
Robyn Rich
The Country Women's Association of Victoria Inc.
Anita Mertzlin

The Johnston Collection encourages challenges to traditional making, thinking and practice through contemporary responses to the Collection, along with more customary responses that reflect historical techniques, materials and making. This exhibition offers an ‘inspired’ interpretation of the Collection.

Work by some of Melbourne's best contemporary makers will be brought together in one magnificent show.

We encourage you to book early for this popular exhibition-house tour. ‘Christmas at The Johnston Collection 18|19 is not to be missed.

The Johnston Collection acknowledges and thanks the following for their generous contributions and assistance with this project:

Barbara Porter’s work has been supported by the Australian Culinary Federation (Victorian chapter); Bakels; Triple F Foods, Warrnambool; and RACV (Melbourne)
Dear Songsuwan’s work has been supported by KAMI, Brunswick

image pastille burner (in the form of a cottage), Staffordshire potteries district, England, circa 1840-50, The Johnston Collection (Foundation Collection, A0870-1989)

Visitor Information

Weekday Tour Times:

10:00 | 12:00 | 2.00

After Hours Tours:

Second Saturday at 10:00 and 12:00
Third Thursday at 18:00

Christmas at The Johnston Collection Tour Cost  (2 October 2017– 31 January 2018)

Adult $27.00 | Concession $25.00 | Group Rate $23.00 per person group of 8 or more (max 22) After Hours $35.00

Weekday Tour Cost (February 2017 - September 2017):

Adult $25.00 | Concession $23.00 | Group Rate $21.00 per person group of 8 or more (max 22) |After Hours $32.00

Individual and group bookings available. Please note when booking a group online, enter the number of people in the Adult field and the Group Rate will be automatically calculated.

Confirmed bookings are essential.


A $3.50 booking fees applies for online bookings.  This covers banking costs and fees charged to us by our ticketing provider for online sales.  An $8.00 booking and administration fee applies for telephone bookings.   Thank you for your understanding.

Online and telephone booking fees do not apply to current members of The Friends of The Johnston Collection.

Telephone bookings 03 9416 2515


Organisation and Club Bookings Policy

Telephone us on 03 9416 2515 for more information or download a copy of our policy here:

Organisation_and_Club_Bookings.pdf Organisation_and_Club_Bookings.pdf (60kB)

Visiting The Johnston Collection

The Johnston Collection is the legacy of William Johnston, an antique dealer and collector. He left his estate to the people of Victoria for their education and enjoyment. The collection ranges from the 17th to the 19th century and has great strengths in Georgian, Regency and Louis XV furniture, Empire and decorative arts.

To protect the privacy and parking rights of Mr Johnston's residential neighbours, we are not permitted by our planning permit to publish the address of the museum.

On the day of the appointed visit, visitors will be collected from the foyer of the Pullman Melbourne on the Park hotel (formerly the Hilton on the Park Hotel) at 192 Wellington Parade, near the Fitzroy Gardens. Visitors are brought to the Johnston Collection in a courtesy bus operated by our staff. This arrangement is due to planning permit stipulations and adds a little intrigue to your visit that we know you will enjoy.

All tickets are prepaid and tea/coffee and shortbread are served to guests on arrival. From the time of collection to the time of return to the Pullman Melbourne on the Park hotel your tour will take approximately one and a half hours.

We allow a maximum of 22 people on guided tours.

Disabled Access

Wheelchair access to Fairhall is limited. There are 3 steps to the entrance and 19 steps which must be ascended in order to reach the first floor. Disabled car parking is not available. Please make us aware of the special needs of any member of your group in advance of your arrival so that we can offer every assistance.

Please ring 03 9416 2515 for more information.