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East Melbourne, Australia

The Johnston Collection

A remarkable lifelong collection of antiques and art preserved in a historic Melbourne townhouse. 

Situated in a historic townhouse in Melbourne, Australia, the extraordinary Johnson Collection is the lifelong work of prominent 20th-century collector and antique dealer William Robert Johnston. He amassed an impressive array of Georgian, Regency, and Louis XV furniture, paintings, ceramics, and objet d’art now on display at his former home of Fairhall.

Upon his death in the 1980s, Johnston left his remarkable collection open to the public, asking it be rearranged and reinterpreted regularly. This task is taken on beautifully by the curators from the contemporary arts community which is invited to use Fairhall as an installation space.

Know Before You Go

The Johnston Collection exhibition-house is located in a residential street in East Melbourne and to protect the amenity of the neighbours, the Collection does not publish its address. All visitors are picked up from the Pullman Melbourne on the Park in the Collection courtesy bus and brought to the exhibition-house. Bookings are essential and can be made from the webpage or by phoning 9416 2515.