The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum

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(Translated by Google) Very interesting

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Molto interessante
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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!
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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.
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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 that some interactive exhibitions were out of order due to Covid precautions. We were free to explore the museum at our own pace, several of the rooms were laid out as they would have been during Johnson's time, we watched an informative video on the 1st floor and saw a first edition of the famous dictionary, and browsed through the facsimile copy that was on display. We were all delighted to see a photo of Francis Barber, a freed slave who moved to Lichfield and was Johnson's manservant before getting an inheritance and his freedom, though he remained in touch with Johnson. There are packs and a trail for children, and a bookshop near the entrance. We had a lovely visit and would highly recommend.
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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
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Very interesting museum spread over 4 floors.
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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.
Prior to our visit, all I knew about Dr Johnson was from Blackadder!
It's free and well worth a visit.
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In my view Samuel Johnson is seldom afforded the credit he deserves. In his house in the centre of Lichfield is the brithplace of a major literary figure who compiled the first major dictionery of the Engligh language. The house is several floors high, replete with memorabilia and on the top floor you can thumb through a facsimile of his remarkable dictionery. I think ther is also an original copy in the same room although I am not sure of that because I could not find a label to this effect . This was an enjoyable place to visit and it well plays tribute to a great man.
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Museum is actually in the house that Dr Johnson grew up in.Plenty of artifacts and quotes from the great man himself.Musem is laid out in a chronological order , by rooms.Very interesting representation of a man who was a polymath.
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A fascinating man of singular wit, worthy of visiting and learning more about him. Museum is in an old building on several floors, donations are welcome as it's free to enter. Currently they want you to pre book online during covid, which was easy to do.
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What a delightful hour or so spent learning about this great man of literature. We were greeted by our first names having booked online and the receptionist was very helpful in answering ang questions about Samuel Johnson and the City of Litchfield in general.

Definitely not an attraction to miss if in the area.
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The museum is located in the centre of the city and although the bookshop in one part was open the museum was closed. Can’t tell you much more except come on another day.
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Brilliant to visit to learn all about Samuel Johnson. Very interesting and lots of facts to learn about the man. Well worth a visit.
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Only went in once (before the lockdown) staff very friendly. Nice atmosphere. Worth going when you have time to wander round and explore.
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Something of a pilgramage for me as I guess it is for most visitors. Fascinating details and helps you to see the minutiae of his early life and locale.Very friendly and helpful staff.Even got to wear a tricorn for the first time.Good pubs within a stones throw with good menus .Well worth a visit if you have any interest in 18th century history or or Johnson.Free to enter !
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Please visit here, staff are lovely and there is so much to learn x
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We were in the local area and were intrigued by this museum so decided to visit Lichfield. To say it's in central Lichfield is understatement and their website contains instructions on how to get there by many means of transport.

The museum, as the name suggests, is the birthplace and early home of Samuel Johnson. Each floor contains information on his life progressing as you ascend. There is an interesting video to give his general history and much more on each of the floors along with actual artifacts.

My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it highly.
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The dictionary defines a fish as:
a limbless cold-blooded vertebrate animal with gills and fins living wholly in water
Considering the word is in his book, you'd think they'd have one in his birthplace. However, I could not see one aquatic being during my time in his original abode. Think I will stick to The Fountain.
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Really interesting and informative building with activities for kids and free entry. Great way to pass a voice of hours
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Interesting.
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Excellent experience and exceptionally helpful lady on reception
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You learn something every day!
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On a visit to Lichfield Cathedral we stumbled across this wonderful small Museum. Situated in the centre of the town this Georgian house, birthplace of Samuel Johnson provided a charming and informative addition to our day.
The staff were really knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and would highly recommend this free attraction.
Well done Lichfield.
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Grade 1 building from 1707 /8. Only problem has stairs to match.
It has 4 floors with lots of detail and information about the rooms.
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We live about 12 miles from this wonderful museum .All three grandchildren have been many times and always spot something they hadn’t seen before . You need to be a bit active to climb the staircases to the various floors with it being a 5 storey building . The staff welcome you as you enter the front door and there is a quiz sheet for the children encouraging them to find a cat on each floor and writing down it’s name. They get a sticker at the end and sometimes a chocolate ...this isn’t a big prize house it’s a fun visit to learn about the 18 th century . One room has clothes for children to dress up in . Sometimes one of the rooms has craft activities . It’s a good place to visit on wet days when Beacon Park is not suitable . Toilets are available next door and the museum is free .
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In February 2017
Erin Cariney said

This is an interesting and fun museum!