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Erasmus Darwin House

Address: Beacon Street, Lichfield WS13 7AD, England
Phone Number: 01543 306260
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Ranked #5 of 10 Attractions in Lichfield
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Cultural
Fee: Yes
Owner description: Erasmus Darwin was one of the greatest polymaths of the 18th century. It has been said that no one...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Cultural
Fee: Yes
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Thu - Sun 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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!

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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7 attraction reviews
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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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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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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

From the start this was a disappointing visit with a disinterested person on the till, however a cheery smile and leaflet from so else did help. We kept waiting to enter because of group outside even though we were already inside, and then were asked to step aside to allow them to gathere in the tiny hall. We then went... More 

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

I am sorry you had a disappointing visit to Darwin House and that you did not get a very good welcome. We aim to give our volunteer welcomers adequate training to fulfill their roles, however, on this occasion, it sounds like they got a little flustered with the needs of the group visit and neglected you, for which I can... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

On the spur of the moment my friends and I slipped down an alley and found a great surprise! The courtyard and garden of the Erasmus Darwin House had all sorts of herbs and vegetation labeled and set in tidy way. The museum is small but has a wealth of information and a good start is the video taped presentation... More 

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

Thank you for the lovely review, we're pleased you enjoyed your 'surprise'! More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

What a fascinating man and this exhibition does a good job at showing the many aspects of his life and interests. Beautifully laid out in several rooms with a video explaining the variety of his interests and expertise, plus audio scenes picturing the style of life in the house at the time. Attention needs to be focused on the herb... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This place is tucked away in a little courtyard next to Cathedral close and is quite difficult to find but well worth the effort. Fascinating story of one of the most important scientists in English history. Go visit

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