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Erasmus Darwin House

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Address: Beacon Street, Lichfield WS13 7AD, England
Phone Number: 01543 306260
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12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Thu - Sun 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Description: Erasmus Darwin was one of the greatest polymaths of the 18th century. It...
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!
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Free entry but donations accepted. Interesting house depicting Darwin's life with interactive things to do en route. Headsets and earphones available to use. Video to watch... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
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Trimdon
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44 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Free entry but donations accepted. Interesting house depicting Darwin's life with interactive things to do en route. Headsets and earphones available to use. Video to watch. Costume area with ancient games where you can dress up in period dress and have a go at the games.. History depicted in an interesting way. Herb garden outside leading to a quaint gift... More 

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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This house is a stunning venue for all sorts of events that occur throughout the year, once inside its a carefully preserved time capsule of local history. Its a little gem not too far from the city center.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Access is via a narrow alleyway by the side of a medieval house and straight into the Herb Garden. Herbs from around the world were just showing spring shoots in March and spread all around the garden - along with 2 rabbit hutches with occupants! I don't know the connection between rabbits and Erasmus Darwin, but perhaps there is one.... More 

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Oakham, United Kingdom
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71 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This is much more than a dusty museum to a great man. This is the house he lived in and some of the rooms try to re-create his time. There are things for children to peer at and to put under a microscope, a touch-screen with 4 games for children (at 3 and 3/4 our grand-daughter was too young) and... More 

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

It's Charles Darwin's grandfather's house, where he used to dissect corpses. Visit and learn more about this remarkable man.

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Bridgwater, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Interesting glimpse into the life and times of this great man. Gives you little known facts about Darwin's grandfather and how close his ideas were to those of his famous grandson. There is a video and dressing up clothes for children.

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Walsall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Well worth going here, for the family a good couple of hours out we liked the informative way it was set out and a small booklet to tell you about the house .

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Bath
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Nice house and the VT presentation is very good. A bit too cluttered with gimmicky displays, many of which do not work properly. However, I may well not be its target audience a they are clearly very focused on children.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We found this by chance when looking at the Cathedral. Glad we did as it was interesting and the man on the desk (a volunteer) was extremely helpful and gave us a lot of information before starting the visit. Would be good for kids as there is a dressing up box upstairs and some of the inventions downstairs are ideal... More 

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Chester, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

A small and interesting museum worthy of support. I didn't know much about Erasmus Darwin (grandfather of Charles) before my visit but found the displays were useful and engaging. The inventions room is a must for children, with opportunities for hands-on experimentation. There is even a space upstairs for Georgian games and dressing up. The museum is free, and 30... More 

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