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Erasmus Darwin House

Beacon Street, Lichfield WS13 7AD, England
01543 306260
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Ranked #5 of 11 Attractions in Lichfield
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Fee: Yes
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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! « less
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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45 reviews 45 reviews
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

For anyone interested in science, and especially the history of science, this is a fantastic attraction. Erasmus Darwin was a highly successful physician, philosopher, scientist, inventor, poet and humanitarian, perhaps best known by some because he was the paternal grandfather of one of the greatest and most prolific scientists that ever lived -- Charles Darwin. The museum was once the... More

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Thank you for such a glowing review! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and can help spread the word of Darwin overseas! More

Preston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Fell upon this place whilst waiting for the cathedral to open after Sunday service-fascinating! I feel so ashamed that I knew nothing of this talented man who was ahead of his time in so many ways, and of course over shadowed by his famous grandson.

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What a lovely review! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. We're pleased you enjoyed your visit. More

London, United Kingdom
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36 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This is a dreary museum with little to commend it. The building has been cheaply restored, and the displays are lack-lustre. There is usually a £3.00 (US$5) entry fee, and frankly it is not worth it. Sit and enjoy the garden for free.

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Abbygail B, Manager at Erasmus Darwin House, responded to this review

I'm sorry that you were not happy with your visit. We work very hard to provide our visitors with an exciting and interesting experience. The building cost over one million to restore - not cheap I can assure you! And we have recently been developing the displays to ensure there is something for everyone. As a charity we rely on... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I knew nothing about Erasmus Darwin before I visited so it was all new to me and extremely interesting to find out what he achieved in his lifetime as well as being the grandfather of one of our most notable scientists - Charles Darwin. Great visit and the gardens were very interesting too. The museum was free on the day... More

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Hidden away in Lichfield this is a gem. Dedicated to the life and times of Erasmus Darwin , Grandfather of Charles , it should be on every visitors itinerary . Quite small and easy to absorb it relates Erasmus Darwins many talents which includes physician , botanist , scientist , poet and inventor. In truth probably more important in some... More

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Royston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

A fascinating Museum. I had no idea that Erasmus Darwin was so talented. The introductory DVD is excellent. I loved the room with all the inventions, and the excellent display of evolution. The volunteer on the desk was very helpful. There was a very good selection of unusual herbs for sale.

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Charles Darwin's grandfather was an amazing man in many ways. Accomplished and innovative in several fields of endeavor, he also had a lively love life. Exhibits in his Lichfield home point out many details. Highly recommended for an interesting hour or two.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

What a rip off when compared to Dr Samuel Johnsons home Rooms s disapointment Unhelpful as well as unfriendly staff Would not visit nor recommend at all

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Abbygail B, Manager at Erasmus Darwin House, responded to this review

David, We understand that it is not ideal that we charge admission, however as a charity we work hard to keep it low. We do not believe that £3 (or £2 conc) is too much for what we provide at the museum. Samuel Johnsons Birthplace is City Council owned and therefor subsidised. They are fortunate to be able to provide... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This is a great place to visit, interesting views on history and what went on in the Midlands in the earlier centuries. Worth the tour

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Erasmus Darwin the grandfather of Charles Darwin and a polymath in the true sense of the word. A medical doctor, scientist, poet,thinker, advocate of the abolition of slavery,inventor and his theories of evolution are expounded in the Zoonomia - perhaps inspiration for his grandson's later exploration of evolution. There is a walk that takes in the Erasmus Darwin story and... More

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Abbygail B, Manager at Erasmus Darwin House, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and for the 5 star rating! We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit. More

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