Opening Hours

Visiting Safely

Following government guidelines regarding COVID-19, we are keeping some measures in place for your safety and comfort:

· Face coverings must be worn in the Museum and our Bookshop unless you have a medical exemption.

· No need to book but if you are making a special journey, you are welcome to let us know. Call us on 01543 264 972.

· We are supporting NHS Test and Trace.

· 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.

· 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 in line with government guidelines.

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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.


Planned Closure

The Hay Hunter Library room is temporarily closed due to maintenance.


The Kitchen display room in the basement of the Museum is closed until further notice to assist social distancing.

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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