About TJC


The Johnston Collection is a place where people meet art and artists.

The Johnston Collection is located on the land of Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation as we acknowledge and pay our respects  as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet, exhibit and celebrate art and heritage.

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.

If you are planning a trip to The Johnston Collection, please check our VISIT section for hours and booking information.

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