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Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum

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Address: Breadmarket Street, Lichfield WS13 6LG, England
Phone Number: +44 1543 264972
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We were welcomed by the friendly lady on reception who informed us about the house. I came away knowing much more about Johnson and with respect for his outstanding talent. The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Sutton Coldfield
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Sutton Coldfield
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were welcomed by the friendly lady on reception who informed us about the house. I came away knowing much more about Johnson and with respect for his outstanding talent. The video presentation is just the right length and is pitched very well. Not suitable for those who cannot climb stairs, but there is a good virtual guide on the... More 

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Cotswolds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

An interesting museum and bookshop dedicated to Samuel Johnson. The short film of his life was worth watching and as it was a Saturday there were children's craft workshops. There was also dancers of the period performing in one of the rooms. It was all free, the only thing we paid for was the mulled wine and mince pies.

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Thank urbanfox1
Manchester
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There are five floors in this museum and each one is full of interest. There are some life size models of Johnson and his friends which give the feeling that the place is busy -indeed, one figure of Johnson leaning on the window sill is remarkably lifelike.. Displays have lots to interest children too. Downstairs there is a great bookshop... More 

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Thank vollyjudith
Linkoping, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love visiting this site. The reception lady knows very much about Samuel Johnson's life and his ideas. We enjoyed talking with her about who Samuel Johnsson was in different people's eyes through time. The highest floor has a copy of Johnson's dictionary. Please take you time and read it!

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Thank Majje76
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with friends who were staying with us - can't believe we haven't been before. Really interesting museum, lots of local history as well as information about Dr Johnson's life and work. We all enjoyed the experience and would certainly visit again. And it's FREE !

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Thank Laura B
Buckingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Another of Lichfields free museum, well laid out - interesting displays and helpful and friendly staff. Its amazing how all the museums are free, Lichfield certainly want you to know about their history.

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Thank Howlo
Leicesterhire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Well worth visiting to find out more about Samuel Johnson. The exhibits are set out across several floors so a bit tricky for anyone with mobility problems. There is a virtual tour available for anyone who cannot manage the stairs.

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Thank lyfted
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Have wanted to visit this famous old house for many years, and was not disappointed. Very warm welcome in the book shop at the entrance, lady who welcomed us was helpful and informative. Easy to imagine yourself back in Georgian times as house and contents very well preserved. Little games to keep young daughter interested and even 18th century dress-up... More 

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Thank Duncan T
Lichfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Having lived in the vicinity of Lichfield for 16 years and passing by every week i thought i'd bite the bullet and visit. It's a great way to pass some time. Over 5 floors (yes 5, doesnt look like it from the outside) detailing Dr Johnson life and works and he was a really interesting guy. There are lots of... More 

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Burntwood, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Lived here all my life and never been in. Very informative. A lovely old building with loads of history and information to read and to listen to

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