Opening Hours


The Museum and Bookshop is open every day of the week (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day) and admission is Free. Last admission to the Museum is 30 minutes before closing.

  • 1 April - 30 September 10.30am-4.30pm
  • 1 October- 31 March 11.00am-3.30pm


Opening hours may occasionally vary due to booked events at the Museum. Please check News page for details of any planned closures. If you are making a special journey to visit us, we recommend that you contact us in advance to avoid disappointment.


Visiting with Children

  • Young visitors can enjoy our Cat trail, dressing up and colouring in activities.
  • Please see our Special Events page for information about children's activities during the school holidays.
  • Please note that The Birthplace Museum is a Grade I listed building with many stairs. Visitors are welcome to leave pushchairs at reception.


Visiting in a Group

  • Entertaining and enlightening guided tours for groups are available at 3.50 per person
  • Minimum group size is 10, or minimum charge 35 if visiting in a smaller group. Advance booking is essential, please book at least two weeks before your visit
  • Standard free entry applies for group visits without a tour, but please contact us to book so that we can ensure your comfort on the day
  • Visit our Schools page for information on our Education service
  • Book a speaker to visit a society meeting as part of our Outreach service
  • The Museum is available as a venue for small lecture groups and society meetings
  • Please contact us to discuss your requirements and make a booking


Visiting for Research

  • See our Collections page for information on how to book a research visit
  • Level access facilities for researchers are available
  • The Museum provides an informative service on Johnson and his circle, Please contact us with any research enquiries



  • Induction loop fitted
  • Large print information sheets and magnifying glasses available
  • Assistance dogs are welcome


The Birthplace Museum is a Grade I listed building with many stairs. Chairs are provided throughout the building for visitors. A guide containing images and descriptions of the displays, a virtual tour and our introductory film are available to view in the ground floor reception (a small flight of 5 steps leads up to the entrance). We are committed to welcoming all and improving access to the Museum despite the limitations of our building, to find out more you can read our access policy statement here




No toilet or catering facilities are available in the museum. However, we are located in the heart of Lichfield with many cafes and restaurants nearby. The nearest car park is located on Bird Street, which also has a public toilet. For a map and travel information click How to Find Us.


Please contact us for any further visiting information


"All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own, and if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it."