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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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.
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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Great museum - lots of information about Samuel Johnson, his family and friends. The lady on the desk was so friendly and they dealt with COVID restrictions really well. And it’s free!
For any history lover this is a great small museum which provides an interesting summary of Johnson’s life and some of it's key periods.
Visited on a Saturday afternoon, having pre booked on the website. The museum is easy to find in the centre of Lichfield. A lovely lady greeted us warmly and explained the layout of the museum. She explained...
A free attraction crammed with historical artefacts . Staff very engaging and excellent covid mesures in place . I had no idea this wonderful place existed 1
Brilliant little museum. Restricted numbers due to Covid, but all the better for that. Very enthusiastic and knowledgable man on reception and occasionally dragging punters in.
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