Samuel Johnson’s Birthplace to re-open next week

Published on: Wed, 12/05/2021 - 15:33

Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum will be opening doors to visitors again.

One of Lichfield’s most distinctive tourist attractions will be re-opening next week after over half a year of closure due to Coronavirus restrictions.

The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum on Breadmarket St, adjacent to the Market Square, will be opening doors to visitors again from 10.30am on Monday 17th May. The Museum will be free to enter, but tickets must be booked in advance.

Museums & Heritage Officer Jo Wilson said: “Although we were lucky enough to reopen our bookshop last month, we are very excited about the reopening of the museum and the return of visitors. Despite changes to ensure the safety of our visitors and staff, we still plan on providing a wonderful experience for all.”

Measures introduced at Johnson’s family home to facilitate reopening include hand sanitiser available on entry, social distancing markers, and a one-way system with route markings and signage to help visitors travel around the historic building safely. Contactless payments are available and encouraged for anyone who wishes to purchase items during their visit. The Museum has also been certified under the ‘Good to Go’ mark, a scheme run by Visit England.

Interactive activities have been removed to avoid contact between visitors, but printable activities for families can be downloaded from the Museum website, along with international language guides. Large print versions of information will be available to pick up and take away from the Museum.

For more information and to book your free visit go to the Museum’s website at www.samueljohnsonbirthplace.org.uk. Contact the Birthplace team on 01543 264 972 or email sjmuseum@lichfield.gov.uk.