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Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum

Discover the life and times of Samuel Johnson, England's greatest man of letters and famous wit. Follow the story of the young Samuel Johnson from his difficult childhood to national celebrity and Dictionary fame.

Experience five floors of exhibits in a beautiful Grade I listed building including period room settings, an introductory film, interactive displays and activities for children. Guided tours and school bookings available by prior arrangement.

Contact Details and Map

Breadmarket Street
WS13 6LG

Tel: 01543 264972

Email: sjmuseum@lichfield.gov.uk

Website: www.samueljohnsonbirthplace.org.uk

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Getting here and parking

Parking Facilities

No dedicated parking


Opening Hours

2nd January 2010 to 31st March 11am - 3.30pm. 1st April to 30th September 10.30am - 4.30pm. 1st October to 31st March 11am - 3.30pm. Last admissions 30 minutes before closing.

Open all year round (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Yearā€™s Day)


Free Entry

Guided tours are available at Ā£2.50 per person, please contact the museum to make a booking.

Special Offers

Looking for something to do over the Easter holidays? All special offers card holders that take part in ‘Sam’s Easter Adventure’ trail at the Birthplace Museum can claim a free drawing kit worth £2.50! The trail pack costs just £1, and there are activities and competitions available throughout the house too. Entry is free of charge, and the Museum is open from 10.30am – 4.30pm every day.

Offer valid throughout the Easter holidays.

You will need a special offers card to qualify for these offers, if you don't have a card yet, please fill out the online form and we will send you a free card in the post.


  • Gift shop(s) on site

Schools and education

  • School packages available


Please note that, due to the nature of the building's Grade I listing, there are many unavoidable steps

Children and babies

  • Children and babies welcome

Services for the hearing impaired

  • Hearing loop is available in key places

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