The Johnston Collection
The Johnston Collection
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Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Johnston Collection is a multi award-winning and critically acclaimed museum, that invites creatives from the broader visual arts and design communities to respond to the Collection. The Johnston Collection is centred in an historic East Melbourne townhouse and is known for its superb collection of English Georgian, Regency, and Louis XV fine and decorative arts, and objet d’art. The Collection is a gift of William Robert Johnston (1911-1986) to the people of Victoria. Johnston was a prominent Melbourne-born antique dealer and collector. His collection is displayed in a constantly changing domestic setting, his former residence, Fairhall. The museum partners with creatives from contemporary arts communities to re-interpret the Collection in a regular program of re-installation and interventions of the permanent collection as well as offering special exhibitions, study days, lectures and workshops throughout the year, sharing stories and inspiring communities.
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ajrenca
San Jose, CA69 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023
We booked 2 tickets online for a tour and then we were treated to another private tour for the 2nd time on our trip. Our tour guide Peter was very knowledgeable and gave us a lot of background information about William Johnston, his life, and William's eventual gift of his collection to the people of Victoria. This collection is a very extensive collection of mainly European art pieces and housewares but there were some Asian pieces as well that are rotated periodically. I would recommend taking this tour if you have the time and enjoy seeing unique European vintage housewares and art work.
Written 27 August 2023
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Thank you very much for taking time to record your experience. It is always a pleasure to receive positive feedback and I will share your comments with our valued Volunteer Guide, Peter, and the rest of our team. We look forward to welcoming you again at The Johnston Collection.
Written 31 August 2023
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Cassie T
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Family
From the private collection of Mr Johnston donated to the Heritage Trust. A lovely insight into the household items that were used to entertain or decorate a home from a Jacobite cupboard in the kitchen to chandeliers and tea sets and other associated stuff in all the rooms of this double terrace house. he was an antique dealer travelling between the UK, India, China and Australia. A nice way to spend 2.5 hours
Written 1 August 2023
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Thank you for taking time to share your feedback after your recent visit. We're thrilled that you enjoyed your experience viewing the wide variety of objects in our collection. It is always a pleasure to receive positive feedback, and I will share your comments with our team. We looking forward to welcoming you during your next visit to The Johnston Collection.
Written 1 September 2023
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Dianne B
Brisbane, Australia47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022 • Friends
I have been on a tour of the Johnston Gallery and I have attended interesting talks there.
Everything you see is beautiful and of the
highest workmanship.
I buy lovely unique items from the shop.
Now I don’t live in Melbourne and I don’t
recall the dates of when I visited the gallery.
I visited on my own.
I just had to choose from a limited dates suggestion below.
I know if no other gallery like the Johnston
and I definitely recommend anyone interested
in the fine arts to visit there.
Written 21 May 2023
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Hello Dianne, thank you for taking time to describe your experiences with us. We're so glad that you have enjoyed so many elements of our offering: talks, tours, and some retail therapy! We pride ourselves on finding unique gifts and homewares for TJC Shop I'll pass on your feedback to our Retail Experience Manager. We look forward to welcoming you back to The Johnston Collection when you're next in Melbourne.
Written 1 September 2023
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Norman Kennedy
Geelong, Australia10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Curator, Roger Leong talked about a retrospective at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum about The Life And Work Of Carla Zampatti.

The exhibition covers Zampatti’s story through interviews with the designer herself, clients, family, friends, employees, and associates alongside 100 of her key designs from the 1960s to 2021.

It was a very interesting lecture and is part of a series of talks.

The shop is magnificent and has items of high quality not available elsewhere, so it's a great place to shop for that special gift.

Although we didn't do a tour this day, the house is well worth a visit, tours must be booked.
Written 16 March 2023
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skyejack
Armadale, Australia307 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Fabulous display & talk covering the bequest by Roger Brookes of his amazing collection of sumptuous antique silver, ceramics, furniture, glass & watches.
Written 25 February 2023
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Frank B
Community of Madrid, Spain33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
This was an up close and personal experience with a knowledgeable and engaging volunteer guide. The were no ropes or barriers, but the “no touching” requirement was observed. It was a very personalised experience as there were only three of us and a wonderful rapport was established, questions asked and stories recounted. The collection was awe inspiring, the lives of the owners most interesting and the curatorship impeccable. Well worth every penny … we will return for the next exhibition/event.
Written 21 February 2023
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Jane C
Beauly, UK259 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
We spent a delightful afternoon here. The house and its story are extraordinary and the silver in the Roger Brookes collection was fabulous. Terrific guide and one of our best experiences in Melbourne.
Written 19 January 2023
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DiscerningDoyenne
Melbourne, Australia76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Friends
I’ve been to this museum twice and on both occasions the experience was excellent. I’ve seen the standard collection as well as the recent collection “Splendid“ featuring an enormous silverware bequest. On both occasions the two guides had excellent knowledge and brought to life the various pieces in the collection. And the cup of tea or coffee during the introductory talk prior to the tour is an excellent touch. If you have even a remote interest in antiques, whether furniture, paintings, crockery, silverware, or various other antique paraphernalia, this is a brilliant opportunity to see the items in situ and how they would once have been used. My favourite piece is a painting from 1601 of a newly honoured Lord in the Elizabethan Court. To think that here I am, standing in a house in Melbourne looking upon a painting that Queen Elizabeth the I, herself, likely looked upon having recently honoured the subject with a lordship. It feels pretty astounding. Of course, you can see such things in museums, but seeing it in a house, domestically, gives it all the more gravitas. I highly recommend this museum.
Written 4 January 2023
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Thank you for your review, DiscerningDoyenne! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit, and hope to see you again in the future. - TJC Team
Written 12 January 2023
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mikeretired2016
Melbourne, Australia18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
I enjoyed a fascinating tour of The Johnston Collection and the current exhibition: 'Splendid: The Roger Brookes Bequest'. The vast array of Georgian silver on display is spectacular and well worth a visit. The knowledgeable guide provided lots of fascinating details about the house and the recently acquired Brookes Bequest of silver, ceramics, glass and other fine antique objects. Tours require bookings but the small group sizes ensure an unhurried and relaxed experience.
Written 29 November 2022
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Terry
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Excellent, intimate tour of a collection in the original home. The guide was outstanding. The history of the collection & it's owner was interesting.
Written 27 November 2022
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