Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum


Covid-19 update

Please note the Samuel Johnson Museum is temporarily closed due to lock down. For more information visit (external website).

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.


Getting here and parking

Parking Facilities

  • No dedicated parking


Opening Times

Winter opening hours -1 November - 28 February, 11.00am-3.30pm, Summer opening hours -1 March - 31 October, 10.30am - 4.30pm


  • Gift shop(s) on site


Free entry

Group Discounts Available

Other Notes

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


How many steps (if any) does the entrance have


Access, lifts and ramps

  • Some areas can only be reached using staircases

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 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

Contact Us

Breadmarket Street
WS13 6LG

01543 264972