Opening Hours

 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

Due to essential building work the Museum will  temporarily close from 4 March - 14 April 2024. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. The Bookshop will remain open 4-10 March, followed by one week's closure 11-17 March, reopening on the 18 March 2024.    

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.

Visiting Safely

For your safety and comfort:

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

· 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.


Blue badge holder parking spaces on the Market Square and Bird Street have been suspended as part of the pedestrianisation trial; our closest parking is now in the Bird Street car park.


Thank you for helping to keep Samuel Johnson’s Birthplace safe for our visitors and our team.


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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