Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum

Address : Breadmarket Street
Town/City : Lichfield
County : Staffordshire
Country : England
Post code : WS13 6LG
Phone : 01543 264972
Web Site :

The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum stands on the Market Square in the heart of the historical Cathedral city of Lichfield. 


staffs sjm2The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum stands on the Market Square in the heart of the historical Cathedral City of Lichfield. A Grade I listed townhouse built in 1707, the beautiful building offers an insight into the life of an 18th century bookseller and his very famous son. Best known as the author of A Dictionary of the English Language in 1755, Samuel Johnson was also a playwright, poet, journalist and editor, and is highly regarded as one of the 18th century's most important men of letters. Johnson spent the first 27 years of his life in the house.

Explore five floors of displays including period room settings, an introductory film, interactive exhibits and hands-on fun for families. In 2017 the Birthplace joins partners across the city to celebrate the 300th Birthday of David Garrick, Johnson's life-long friend and pupil from Lichfield who went on to become the superstar of the Georgian Stage.

In 2017 The birthplace joined partners in Staffordshire and beyond to commemorate the 300th birthday of Johnson's great friend and pupil, David Garrick. The exhibition 'Johnson & Garrick: a Friendship in Constant Repair' travelled to Dr Johnson's House in Gough Square, London where it can be visited until February.
In 2018, events include an exciting collaboration with 'Fired-Up Theatre', an exhibition of exquisite calligraphy over the summer months, and the Lichfield-wide celebrations of Johnson's Birthday in September

Admission is free of charge,
but donations are welcome.

Open Daily
April September 10.30am -4.30pm
October March 11.00am 3.30pm

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