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Address: Darwin House Beacon Street, Lichfield WS13 7AD, England
Phone Number: +44 1543 306260
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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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Fascinating history

You enter the house through Erasmus Darwin's physic garden which is full of plants used in his role of doctor. They weren't seen at their best in November, but are still... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
vollyjudith
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Manchester
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Manchester
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You enter the house through Erasmus Darwin's physic garden which is full of plants used in his role of doctor. They weren't seen at their best in November, but are still interesting. The house is crammed full of Erasmus Darwin's scientific writing, his poetry, his amazing models. He was a real Renaissance man. His ideas about evolution inspired his grandson... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The guide made viewing the house and gardens very interesting. If you enquire it's also possible that you may be able to view the cellar too. He gives a very good account of how the property would have been used historically and how it has been altered over the years. Very interesting.

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Derby
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our visit. The staff were so enthusiastic and the museum is really interesting. It is very people-friendly - not at all 'pompous'. There's an amusing informative video, activities and an abundance of facts, simply written. Well worth a visit and we couldn't believe it was free, although we happily made a contribution. We will return.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

a lovely property to visit. very interesting, plenty to see. Free entry, make a donation if you wish. very accessible, the house has a lift installed for those who have issues with climbing stairs. Well worth a visit, the garden is lovely in the summer.

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England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting museum to spend half an hour or so, friendly staff and we learned something new so all in all a good experience. Lovely little garden but was wet on the day we visited, would definitely recommend if in the area!

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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lichfield appears to like to shout about its history and to this end all the museums have free entrance, close to the cathedral this is another pleasant ant interesting place to visit, not big but certainly worth an hour of anyones time.

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Birkenhead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

We took our grandchildren for the afternoon. The five year old loved the mouse trail, and she and the three year old and loved dressing up in the old fashioned clothes. It was more suitable for a 5 year old than a 3 year old. The entrance was free, so we gave a donation. There was much more for us... More 

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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

Free museum - accessible and fascinating. Great introductory video and hands on exibits. Apart from being the - probably best - doctor in the Uk invented the WC, a speaking machine and speculated about evolution accurarely well before his grandson (obviously)!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

Erasmus Darwin was the grandfather of the evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin. In this beautiful mansion, Dr Darwin spent his entire adult life. What we enjoyed most are his engineering inventions, among others a mechanical recorder.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

This was something of an eye opener because I hadn't realised Erasmus's influence on Charles's work. Some very interesting displays and we spent a happy half-hour here. Free to go in but donation requested.

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