The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum

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Free, but please leave a donation. A good bookshop and a remarkable fact and antique packed museum to a great man.
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Staggering how many local people have bypassed this gem including me for many years. Centrally located and friendly welcome. It's a lovely building with nearly all of it's original features in place. Plenty to see and read.
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It's free to go round, very interesting to find out so much about Samuel Johnson. You get a real feel for him and his life and friends.
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The Samuel Johnson museum in Lichfield is an essential visit for a new visitor to the city. For Lichfield residents, you should visit from time to time to remind you about the lustre he brought to our lovely cathedral city.
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Fascinating museum about the life, works and times of Samuel Johnson. Free entry. His life is told in order as you ascend the building, do go to the attic as there is a first edition of his dictionary to admire and a copy to interrogate. Also fascinating to see what else was happening in the world. Helpful staff.
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A learning environment of the person who wrote the first dictionary.
The house is were Samuel Johnson was born.
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Lovely time spent with my two young daughters, well worth a visit
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Great place to understand the impact on the current thinking. Free of charge so worth the visit. Children friendly as well
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Very nice guy at desk and interesting stuff
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I found this a very interesting place. I knew very little about Samuel Johnson and it was interesting to learn more about his life. The short film was particularly good. The staff were friendly and welcoming. I recommend a visit to the Samuel Johnson Birthplace to anyone visiting Lichfield.
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Great little museum. Helpful staff and very informative. Free entry and takes about an hour.
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Interesting museum about Samuel Johnson. Several floors. Free!
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Stand back and view the house from the Market Square and imagine a busy Lichfield running around the city centre location. The house gives you some image of the man and his times as well as his genius.
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In Lichfield for the day? Do spend an hour here. It's right in the centre and free with lots of interesting things to look at. Staff helpful and welcoming. Children can dress up. Oh and there are second hand books for sale too. Be aware that it is over 5 floors with steep stairs. Lots of good cafes nearby.
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Walking into Samuel Johnson’s home, all I knew about him was that he wrote the first most comprehensive dictionary. Thanks to Leila, the guide welcoming us at the door, I learned so much about him that I might just be in competition with Leila on who is his biggest fangirl!

Leila’s knowledge, sheer enthusiasm and utter patience with all my questions was my entryway to learning about this phenomenal man. We could do with more men (and women!) like him today.

Leila wasn’t the only knowledgeable one about him, upstairs on the first floor awaiting us was Lizzie. Equally conversant on Samuel Johnson and his era. The two make for quite the most welcoming and enlightening duo.

It’s a beautifully preserved house, which thanks to this team but also those whose love for Samuel Johnson even earlier, ensured that it wasn’t destroyed by fire in WWII - there’s romance embedded in these walls.

I left his home, wanting to know more about him and the people he supported.

If you love words / history (and / or Susie Dent!), this is a hidden gem of a place to visit. Be warned though, if you didn’t already, you will come to adore Samuel Johnson (maybe become an even a bigger fangirl than me!) by the time you leave!
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Lady on the desk was brilliant, so informative and very enthusiastic about the story of Samuel Johnson and proud of Litchfield. Short 14 min video was an easy watch.
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A wonderful bit of local and cultural history, and the staff are lovely - not to be overlooked!
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Blackadder introduced Samuel Johnson to many of us! But this 4-storey house had so many interesting artefacts and stories. To see a copy of his first dictionary was wonderful.
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What a fascinating museum, a real gem. So much history contained within this little museum at a very exciting and enlightening time in our nation’s history. Definitely a must visit.
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I'm not a big reader and everything I know about Dr Samuel Johnson comes from Blackadder, so likely not very accurate. And to be honest, I would probably has passed this little museum by had it not been free. But it is well worth a visit. I was happily surprised by it and I found myself learning more about Dr Johnson than I ever thought I'd have the attention span for. It has tons of information on not only the man himself but the people around him. And it has a nice little book shop at it's entrance, keeping up the buildings tradition as a book shop started by his father. Certainly worth a visit, even if just for a few minutes.
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What a fantastic visitor experience at this amazing little house!

I didn't know a lot about Samuel Johnson before the visit - but the very well produced film and the interpretation boards enhanced my knowledge and understanding.

The steward on duty was very friendly and approachable.

Covid security was excellent - although I could imagine some people feeling a little anxious if the museum was busy.

You must visit, it comes highly recommended!
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Prior to our visit to Dr Johnston's Birthplace, in Lichfield, we had visited his home in London, off Fleet Street.

The story of how he met his wife and the age gap! It was fascinating to be aware that "May - December" relationships had, always, been in existence.

During our visit to Licfield, we came across a Tour Guide Jonathan Oates, very knowledgeable about the area - he took us around to the Medieval Cathedral - it was love on first sight!
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very beautiful place
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I went on my own for a second visit. One learns a tremendous amount about Johnson, the English language and life in the 18th Century in a very short time. A worthwhile second hand bookshop as you enter. A young child would need an educated adult in to order to get something out of the visit, but s/he would learn a lot.
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Interesting little museum in the centre of Lichfield, friendly staff and lots of good information on Samuel Johnson, plus an original copy of his dictionary, free to enter but you need to book a slot.
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In February 2017
Erin Cariney said

This is an interesting and fun museum!