Erasmus Darwin House

Erasmus Darwin House, Lichfield: Hours, Address, Erasmus Darwin House Reviews: 4.5/5

Erasmus Darwin House
4.5
Speciality Museums
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Erasmus Darwin was one of the greatest polymaths of the 18th century. It has been said that no one since has rivaled his achievements in such a wide range of fields. Indeed, he posited a coherent theory of evolution a full 70 years before his grandson Charles. This beautiful Georgian town house and previous home of Erasmus is dedicated to his life and achievements. Set in an ancient part of Lichfield city centre, the house contains a wealth of information about this fascinating man through videos, audio guides and several hands-on exhibitions and also provides a window into Georgian life. There is also a wonderful herb garden to stroll through and a gift shop. There are plenty of activities and workshops for all ages so do check our website for various events throughout the year!
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Pauline H
Durham, UK26 contributions
Apr 2022
A physician but so much more. Enter down the alley opposite the front of the cathedral and walk through the herb and physic gardens.
Written 3 May 2022
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Michael O
Lichfield, UK654 contributions
Jan 2022
Thankfully kept the house is a tangible effort to maintain the memory of a genius and the grandfather of Charles Darwin. Visit and learn!
Written 9 March 2022
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Eddie730
County Durham, UK146 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
On the day we visited, there was a massive jigsaw sale going on in almost every room in the house!

However, we managed to weave our way around the piles of puzzles and read the interpretation boards. Mostly.

It was lovely to be allowed free entry to the museum, but we'll have to come back again to visit on a day when there aren't lots of puzzles everywhere.

Tip: check that there isn't a sale of jigsaws going on...or of any other items when you wish to visit.

You get lovely views of the Cathedral from the house!

There weren't any jigsaws in the lovely little herb garden.
Written 9 November 2021
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WainwrightPandM
24 contributions
Oct 2021
A revelation - Charles Darwin gets the headlines but his grandfather was on to a lot of his theories years before. What a shame that they never met. Modest number of rooms with very good displays and information. Lovely small garden with alleyway into beautiful adjacent courtyard of black-and-white timber-framed houses, plus the whole of the Cathedral close just beyond
Written 8 November 2021
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Williams57
Lichfield, UK191 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
Visited here yesterday with a History group of adults with learning disabilities as one of our first visits indoors since lockdown.
We had an amazing experience. I had booked and the museum opened early to accommodate us. From the moment we entered we were made welcome - the staff we charming and helpful and we had a great experience
Written 2 November 2021
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John R
Sutton, UK11 contributions
Sep 2021
A house full of history. Erasmus Darwin ( Charles Darwin’s Grandfather) was a genius, a Doctor, a Mathematician, an Inventor and an Author of many books on Medicine Plants, Engineering and more.
Written 21 September 2021
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Phil R
Broadstone, UK287 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
As a bit of a science geek I had great expectations of this visit. I wanted to experience the atmosphere of the place Erasmus Darwin hosted the Lunar Club. Instead I found an empty room with a few information boards. Some furniture that looked like it was a school project and a lack of any real depth of information or artifiacts. The rest of the house was similar. A hotch pitch of items without a clear narrative. There are some of Darwin’s work displayed but the most material was either local artists selling paintings and an eclectic mix of books in the library. Front the outside the house is grand and the proximity of the cathedral is easily seen from the upstairs window.
Written 10 September 2021
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2006Oz
london uk62 contributions
Aug 2021
I knew plenty about Charles Darwin but virtually nothing about his grand-father Erasmus so I was eager to visit this museum & find out more. It was a joy - giving a warts an' all picture of this great C18th Enlightenment scientist. Excellent introductory video presented by Adam Hart-Davis then the various rooms illustrate the different aspect of Darwin's life. At reception you can buy books & memorabilia. Outside is a charming garden divided into 'rooms', each one planted out with herbs relevant to Darwin's interests.
A 'must visit' particularly for any would be scientists.
Written 21 August 2021
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davide79_12
Newcastle-under-Lyme, UK1,841 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
Wow. What an informative and interesting visit. Always wanted to visit Erasmus Darwin House. So glad we did at long last. What an exceptional few hours. We loved every minute of it. Important historical facts discovered. Great for all the family. The garden is an exceptional visit. A must visit for all the family.
Written 11 July 2021
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John H
Tula de Allende, Mexico28 contributions
Jun 2021
Erasmus Darwin is not a widely famous name but he was at the heart of the science and reforming spirit of his day - the eightenth century. The beautiful house and gorgeous small period garden are a treat to visit, and the staff are first class. I have come home to read Jenny Uglow's book The Lunar Men about the geniuses who met at this house.
Written 16 June 2021
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Erasmus Darwin House is open:
  • Sun - Sat 11:00 - 17:00