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Exhibition-house Tours

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.


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

Exhibition-house Tours descriptions appear below the calendar.


FEAST | Christmas At The Johnston Collection 2017

Monday 2 October 2017 - Wednesday 31 January 2018

Sensory feasts to feats of thought and contemplation to feast your eyes on will be parcelled up in our third survey exhibition, FEAST. This year we've hand-picked some of our great contributors who have exhibited work from over five years of Christmas exhibitions, along with a smattering of new ones, for our annual tour.

With works inspired by William Johnston and his collection, this exhibition will feature works by artists and guilds from Mornington Peninsula (2013-2014), Geelong and the Surf Coast (2014-2015), Gippsland and environs (2015-2016) and Melbourne city (2016-2017).

The Johnston Collection encourages challenges to traditional making, thinking, and practice, through contemporary responses to the Collection, along with more traditional responses that reflect historical techniques, materials, and making.

FEAST brings together superb creations by some of Melbourne and Victoria's best contemporary makers in one magnificent show. Old will be new again.

biscuits (inspired by Henna designs) 
detail from "THE SITTING ROOM | Tea & Travels" by members of The Embroiderers Guild, Victoria (Mornington Peninsula Branch) originally exhibited in TALES OF CHRISTMAS TREASURES | Christmas at The Johnston Collection 2013


SENIORS WEEK @ The Johnston Collection
Monday 9 October - Friday 13 October 2017

The Johnston Collection is once again proud to be part of the annual Victorian Seniors Festival that runs throughout October 2017.

A special exhibition-house tour concession price of $20.00 (normally $25.00) will be offered to Seniors during the second week of the Festival, Monday 9 October - Friday 13 October 2017.

WILLIAM JOHNSTON: His Residence & Collection exhibition-house series

Monday 12 February 2018 – Tuesday 30 May 2018

ANOTHER LOOK will be another opportunity see significant objects, gathered by William Johnston, to create an English Georgian-inspired domestic interior in his East Melbourne house.

The annual WILLIAM JOHNSTON: His Residence & Collection will re-present the original arrangement of William Johnston’s collection in Fairhall, as it was when it first opened to the public as an exhibition-house in 1990.

ANOTHER LOOK will also create, for the first time, a grand Anglo-Indian reception room with items that William Johnston gathered on his frequent trips to India, including items from Government House, Calcutta (Kolkata).

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.