Montsalvat, Australia’s oldest artist community, is situated in Nillumbik Shire's Eltham township. 

Founded by Justus Jörgensen in the 1930s, Montsalvat has been an inspiration to various artists, laying the foundations for them to explore and celebrate their own creativity

Montsalvat’s arts community has grown to include national and internationally acclaimed artists and artisans from a wide variety of arts practices including Helen Lempriere, Albert Tucker, Clifton Pugh, Jock Frater and Max Meldrum.

Opening hours are 9am - 5pm, seven days a week.

There is free admission to exhibitions in the Barn Gallery, Long Gallery and Residents Gallery.

Entrance Fees:

Adults $14.00
Concessions $10.00
Children under 5: FREE
Children aged 5-12 $8.00

Families $35.00 (2 adults & up to 3 children under 13)
Group (10-20) $12.00 / Group (20+) $10.00


EXHIBITIONS - January 2020

Rick Amor Self Portrait Prize 2019 - Finalists Exhibition
Barn Gallery, 14 November - 26 January

"Montsalvat is proud to present the Rick Amor Self Portrait Prize 2019 sponsored by prominent Australian artist, Rick Amor."

Melisa Savickas - Connectivity

The Boulevard, 6 November - 27 January

"We often overlook the simple beauty found around us all."

Damien Skipper and Jean-Paul Zilliacus - Pictures and Portraits
Residents Gallery, 11 December - 30 January

"Into Montsalvat’s long history comes two encouragable artists with no manifesto or menagery of wasted words, their poetry is in their works."

Irene Amorosi - Descendent
Long Gallery, 11 December - 6 January

"Works for this exhibition are raw and executed in mixed media giving a textured, organic and tangible approach to the subject matter."

Kate Cross - Connection to Place: Embedded in Landscape

The Boulevard, 28 January - 27 April

"These particular works are situated within or adjacent to National Parks along Gippsland rugged coastline over 2019."

CONCERTS/EVENTS - January/February 2020

Guided Tours of Montsalvat

Every Sunday through until March,

Start in Barn Gallery at 11:00am

"Ideal for any history, art or architecture enthusiasts and those interested to learn a little more about Montsalvat."

Robin Hood by Playhouse Pantomimes

Saturday January 11 & Sunday January 12 at 10am, 12.30pm & 3pm

tickets available at:

"Get your picnic rugs, pack snacks and drinks and join Playhouse Pantomimes for their very first outdoor show!"

Make Your Own Marionette
Three-day workshop, 15-17 January 10:00am and 1:00pm

bookings call Jo on 0414 800 411

"Transform your own puppet design into a lifelike marionette with a professional puppeteer."

Romance in Bohemia

Friday 14 February 7:00pm

Great Hall Couples Dinner

Long Gallery Singles Cocktail Party

tickets available at:

"Experience the romance and magic of the Great Hall over a candlelit dinner with live musicians serenading as you eat. Or, come and mingle with the singles in the Long Gallery for a fun and lively evening with a BBQ and some cheeky entertainment."

Summers End at Montsalvat

Friday 29 February

The Grigoryan Brothers in Concert, 6:30pm and 7:45pm

Buena Vista Social Club film screening, 9:00pm

tickets available at:

"Celebrate the end of Summer with a magical evening of entertainment, music and food in the stunning grounds of Montsalvat."

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