Support Us

Dr Johnson’s House is a small independent museum and charity, which has been welcoming visitors for nearly 100 years. We rely on the generosity of individuals, companies, organisations and grant-giving bodies to enable us to remain open to the public six days a week, fifty weeks of the year.


£5 can buy a replica object for our education handling collection
£15 will pay for smoke-free beeswax candles for a candlelit evening opening £50 can provide archive grade storage for one section of our archives
£100 can pay for a book to be restored
£150-£200 can pay for the restoration of a ladder-back chair

Current Fundraising: The Basement project

Dr Johnson’s House has been welcoming the public through its doors for over 100 years and whilst it has remained a firm favourite amongst tourists, locals, and Johnsonians around the world, we would love to be able to offer more to those who visit the House. We want to make our collection more accessible to those wishing to carry out research and also allow them to view the collection online.
In order to this we would love to renovate our basement so that we could provide better visitor facilities, storage, and office space so that the collection can be archived and, in time, made available to the public online. You can help us achieve this by donating through the link below. Every donation helps, from £1 to £1000!


Alternatively, you can send a cheque payable to ‘Dr Johnson’s House Trust Ltd’ to The Curator, Dr Johnson’s House, 17 Gough Square, EC4A 3DE. Please include the completed form below.

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The Royal Oak Foundation

U.S. taxpayers wishing to receive a tax deduction for their gift may contribute to the Royal Oak Foundation recommending that their funds support the work of Dr Johnson's House Trust. Donors will receive an acknowledgement from the Royal Oak Foundation showing the tax-deductible amount of the contribution.

To donate, visit the Royal Oak website for a donation form and further details. When completing the form, please specify that you recommend the fund support Dr Johnson's House Trust.The Royal Oak Foundation is an American not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charity incorporated in the State of New York.

Royal Oak members receive free entry to Dr Johnson's House

Gough Square Club (Patrons’ Scheme)

The Gough Square Club was founded in 2011 to mark 100 years since Dr Johnson’s House was saved, restored and opened to the public. The exclusive group of up to 20 members supports the House through an annual subscription which includes a black tie dinner in the Withdrawing Room at Dr Johnson’s House.
For more information please contact the Curator on 020 7353 3745, or email us


Elizabeth Montagu

Elizabeth Montagu
Engraving by JR Smith after Joshua Reynolds, 1776

Unwrapping the engraving after conservation work supported by a donation from a member of the public. The repaired frame is beautiful and the newly cleaned and conserved engraving is crisp. Mrs Montagu looks, frankly, a new woman and will be around for many years to come.





























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