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The Johnston Collection

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Address: Meet at Pullman Melbourne on the Park Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria 3002, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 9416 2515
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Last week I visited for the first time this remarkable house and museum. The collection was assembled by William Johnston (1911-1986) during the 1900's and then upon his death... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 August 2016
Susan W
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

My visit to the collection was disappointing. I was looking forward to seeing the house and the collection but the special exhibition did not fulfil expectations. Many of the interesting features of the collection were shrouded in cloth and the light was so low that it was often difficult to see what the guide as talking about. The guide was... More 

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Louis L, Director | Curator of The Johnston Collection at The Johnston Collection, responded to this review

Dear Stephanie, Thanks for your feedback and we were sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your recent tour of The Johnston Collection. The Johnston Collection is no ordinary house-museum. We offer three different interpretations of William Johnston’s collection throughout the year. Each presents his collection in a fresh way – engaging new and diverse audiences as well as... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Last week I visited for the first time this remarkable house and museum. The collection was assembled by William Johnston (1911-1986) during the 1900's and then upon his death bequeathed to the State of Victoria under the stewardship of the National Trust. William Johnston was an antique dealer and collector with a shop in High St Armadale. In the course... More 

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

Visitors should check how the collection is being presented. A visiting artist has created an installation and the house looks nothing like the photos on this site. I did see on the website that new room themes would be created but had no idea how much the installation would eclipse the collection. Very disappointing.

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Louis L, Director | Curator at The Johnston Collection, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback and we were sorry to hear that your tour of The Johnston Collection was not what you expected. We do provide a clear description of all our tours, including the current tour the House of Dreams | Barking Spider Visual Theatre, both on our webpage – which also has scrolling images to show how Fairhall changes... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

The Johnston Collection is a must see for those who love antiques and bygone times. This is the third time I have visited this collection and each times there is a special theme. The rooms contain a mix of interesting curious and quirky pieces with stories to tell. Mr Johnston's own story is fascinating and the legacy, he has left... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

Behind any Collection, there needs to be a story to bring things to life. Mr Johnston had his own fair share of quirks to fill a house full of Collections. The curators dress the house and collection with style; an ever changing style to provide new perspectives on the quixotic and quaint. The welcome from the delightful guides provides the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

Just visited the Johnston Collection and thoroughly enjoyed it. Well worth seeing if you're interested in antiques , old houses and a bit of history. The personal guided tour made it come alive.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016

We had a very interesting guide who's knowledge of the artifacts was breathtaking. A very relaxing way to spend an hour or so. Set in a beautiful house full of interesting and lovely things.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

My friend and I enjoyed our tour of Johnston's home and collection immensely. For lovers of antiques, and old architecture, this tour is certainly worth undertaking. The staff were incredibly knowledgeable and wonderful hosts, accommodating the mobility issues we had with ease. Nothing was too much trouble and the transportation issues worked seamlessly.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2016

The Johnston Collection has an extraordinary heritage established by the son of a boot maker, but with an extraordinary eye for aesthetic beauty. be prepared to step into an Alladin Cave of rich tapestries, beautiful mirrors, jewelry boxes, paintings, furniture, clocks, cutlery, crockery and gorgeous chandeliers. Oh - the house and the garden are quite stunning too. TIP: you must... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2016

This place is a hidden gem right the middle East Melbourne. It contains a beautiful collection of antiques and is an insight into life in Edwardian Melbourne. It asset out as if someone is till living there and has special displays 3 times a year. Well worth a visit.

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