Opening Hours

Please check our information about temporary closures after Monday 20th September at the bottom of this page to help you to plan your visit.

The Museum stands in the centre of the historic city of Lichfield.

The Grade 1 listed building contains a varied mix of displays, reconstructed rooms and audio-visual media. Visitors are taken through 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.

Opening Hours

The Museum and Bookshop is open every day (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day) and admission is Free.  

1 March - 31 October 10.30am-4.30pm

1 November - 28 February 11.00am-3.30pm

Access to some rooms may occasionally vary due to events at the Museum, if you are making a special journey to the house then please contact us to find out about any changes that might affect your visit. Any planned closures will appear below on this page.


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Visiting Safely

 Following the easing of social distancing and other measures after July 19th, we are keeping many of our measures in place for your safety and comfort:

· Timed entry and limited numbers in the building. We have plenty of walk-in availability, but you may be asked to wait for a few moments before starting your visit at busier times.

· No need to book but if you are making a special journey, you are welcome to let us know and we can reserve an entry time for you. Call us on 01543 264 972.

· We are supporting NHS Test and Trace so we will ask you to check-in on entry.

· Please be kind and give fellow visitors space while you visit the Museum. We recommend only one visiting group in each room at a time.

· Face coverings are recommended especially on our stairs and smaller spaces.

· Increased cleaning and plenty of hand sanitiser available at our entrance and throughout the building.

Thank you for helping to keep Samuel Johnson’s Birthplace safe for our visitors and our team. We’ll be monitoring our measures and may make changes throughout the summer.

Planned Closure

The Museum will be closed from Monday 20th September to Sunday 10th October for essential maintenance work.

Our Bookshop will remain open as much as possible, and we hope to partly open the Museum as the work progresses. The building will be completely closed for one day on Monday 20th September.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused. We will update this page regularly, but please contact us if you would like any further information. 

Quotation MarksI lately took my friend Boswell and showed him genuine civilised life in an English provincial town. I turned him loose at Lichfield.Quotation Marks

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