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Dr Samuel Johnson was a highly distinguished "man of letters" most well known for his comprehensive English Dictionary of 1755 but also for his prolific output of poems, essays and novels.

The small, independent museum Dr Johnson's House is dedicated to him – and with its historic interiors, paintings and prints, personal effects and other exhibits – gives an impression of what it might have been like during his occupancy from 1748 and 1759.

Built in 1700, this impressive period building – a rare example of its kind in the area – survived the brutal onslaught of the Blitz during World War II and is now kept in excellent condition. 

Opening times

May - September

  • Monday 11am - 5.30pm 
  • Tuesday 11am - 5.30pm
  • Wednesday 11am - 5.30pm
  • Thursday 11am - 5.30pm
  • Friday 11am - 5.30pm

October - April

  • Monday 11am - 5pm
  • Tuesday 11am - 5pm 
  • Wednesday 11am - 5pm
  • Thursday 11am - 5pm
  • Friday 11am - 5pm 


  • Adult £6
  • Conc. £5 (over 60, student or registered unemployed)
  • Child £2.25 (age 5 - 17)
  • Family £12.50 (two adults and accompanying children)
  • Under 5s are free
  • Discounts are available for both serving members and veterans of the Armed Forces as part of the City of London's commitment to fulfilling the Armed Forces Community Covenant. Valid ID is required, and the discount applies to the cardholder only.
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