The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum
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When you're looking for great days out in Staffordshire, you should visit The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum in Lichfield - an interesting and exciting museum offering an insight into the life and times of Samuel Johnson. Home to a variety of displays and activities, The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum has something for the whole family. Visit today it's FREE.

Samuel Johnson Birthplace 

Museum & Bookshop in Lichfield

Opened to the public in 1901, The Samuel Johnson Birthplace is located in the heart of Lichfield and has a large and varied collection of fabulous items relating to Samuel Johnson and his famous friends, as well as items from Lichfield during the 18th Century. 


Having lived in Lichfield for the first 27 years of his life, Samuel Johnson frequently re-visited the area (until his death in 1784) and the impressive house in which he once lived is now home to this exciting museum and bookshop. 

Giving visitors an insight into the character and personality of Samuel Johnson, the museum is also home to a variety of displays including hands-on activities for families, reconstructed rooms and a film display. 

If you enjoy museums and would like to find out more about Samuel Johnson and his colourful life, visit today!  Alternatively, check out the Samuel Johnson Birthplace website to view details of their next special event. 

Entry is FREE and guided tours are available for groups by prior arrangement. 

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The Collection

Samuel Johnson is most famous for his Dictionary of the English Language but he was also a poet, novelist, journalist and biographer. The Samuel Johnson Birthplace museum in Lichfield has a large collection on display exploring his life and work including rare books and manuscript letters, paintings and furniture and his own teapot. 


As well as the items on display, the Museum has a large library collection which researchers are welcome to explore by appointment. 

School Groups

The Samuel Johnson Birthplace is very popular with school groups as primary pupils are able to explore literacy and understand the way that the Johnson family used to live. 

Group visits usually take around two hours, although full day visits can be arranged and the tours cover many areas of the school curriculum including Literacy, History, Geography, Art and more!


From art workshops and adult learners’ activities to school holiday entertainment, dressing up and drama, The Samuel Johnson Birthplace in Lichfield has something for everyone. 

Current Opening Hours

We look forward to welcoming you to the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum. Please book your free timed entry ticket, which helps us to control visitor numbers in our small building.

• Each booking is for one visitor or household (maximum of 5 people from the same household or bubble per booking)

• Face coverings are mandatory for all visitors unless they have an exemption

• You will have 1 hour and 15 minutes to explore the house and visit the Museum shop.

To book follow this link or call on 01543 264972 for on-the-day and weekend availability.

Find out more about local history by visiting The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum & Bookshop in Lichfield today! 


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In February 2017
Erin Cariney said

This is an interesting and fun museum!