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Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum

Discover the life and times of Samuel Johnson, the great man of letters famous for writing ‘A Dictionary of the English Language’ in 1755. Explore five floors of displays in an atmospheric historic house, including period room settings, introductory film, interactive exhibits and hands-on fun for families. The house tells the story of the colourful life and major achievements of Lichfield's most famous son from troubled childhood, through literary obscurity and financial poverty, to world renown and success.

A range of events and activities is held throughout the year, and book-lovers can browse the well-stocked Johnson  family bookshop.

Contact Details and Map

Breadmarket Street
WS13 6LG

Tel: 01543 264972

Email: sjmuseum@lichfield.gov.uk

Website: http://www.samueljohnsonbirthplace.org.uk

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Getting here and parking

Parking Facilities

No dedicated parking


Opening Hours

Monday – Sunday 1 November - 28 February, 11am - 3.30pm 1 March - 31 October, 10.30am - 4.30pm

Open all year round (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day)


Free Entry

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


  • Gift shop(s) on site

Schools and education

  • School packages available
  • School tours available

Guides, tours and information

  • Visitor information is available
  • Visitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Guided tours available for individuals
  • Guided tours available for groups
  • Foreign language guides available


The entrance way has 5 steps

Access, lifts and ramps

  • Some areas can only be reached using staircases
Please note that, due to the nature of the building's Grade I listing, there are many unavoidable steps. A virtual tour and introductory film are available to view in the ground floor reception.

Services for wheelchair users and those with mobility issues

  • Seating is provided at regular intervals for visitors with limited mobility

Children and babies

  • Children and babies welcome

Services for the hearing impaired

  • Hearing loop is available in key places
  • There a visual alarm system

Services for the visually impaired

  • Guide dogs allowed
  • Clear surfaces, such as glass doors, have contrast markings on them
  • There is good contrast between the floor and walls
  • There is clear signage throughout the attraction (i.e. colour contrasted, large lettering, use of pictograms etc)
  • The lighting is effective throughout the attraction for visually impaired visitors
  • Clear surfaces such as glass doors have contrast markings on them
  • There is an audible alarm system

Events at this venue