Opening Hours

Planned Closure

Please note that the Museum will be closed for essential maintenance from Sunday 12th – Sunday 19th June, in order to prepare for a full exterior redecoration. We apologise for the inconvenience caused. We hope to be open as normal from Monday 20th June and will update this page as soon as we have any further information. Please contact us for further details.

Visiting Safely

For your safety and comfort:

· You may wish to wear a face covering in our smaller spaces. 

· NHS Test and Trace log-in is available at reception upon request.

· Please be kind and give fellow visitors space while you visit the Museum. 

· Plenty of hand sanitiser is 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.

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 on this page.


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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