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“Very Interesting Museum”

Erasmus Darwin House
Ranked #5 of 20 things to do in Lichfield
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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!
Reviewed 28 January 2018

If you are interested in Charles Darwin then after Down House this is your next stop.

The life of Erasmus Darwin set a template with regard to the ideas and influence passed down to his grandson.

Erasmus Darwin's inquiring mind and ability to meticulously research and record details of a subject are displayed here among his exhibits and records.

The house captures exactly the period of invention at the commencement of the Industrial Revolution by Darwin and his associates.

This is a really beautiful time capsule that does credit to Lichfield.

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

Interesting to find out how the great minds of the 18th century met and worked together, there is a worthwhile film to watch and helpful information boards.

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed 17 December 2017

Very interesting place to visit, i was unaware of the connection between Darwin and Derby. Again like the Cathedral, a must for people to visit if they come to Litchfield

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank jazzboy50
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Reviewed 25 November 2017

very interesting free attraction. You enter this place at the back of the cathedral shop through a beautiful little town herb garden. There is a rabbit hunch were thankfully the rabbits are taken inside for winter. A very interesting museum with lots to see in a small building.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank 323David323
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Reviewed 21 November 2017

Not far from the Cathedral it is well worth a visit and is part of the Cathedral Close area - the heart of fortified old Lichfield. The home of Erasmus Darwin, doctor, inventor and leading member of the 18th century enlightenment. Some of the rooms are well laid out in 18th century style and there are plenty of things to see as well as exhibits relating to his scientific and other work. If you can, take a guided tour which includes the cellars which are interesting in themselves but also show some of the changes in the building.
At the rear of the house is the flower and herb garden which is fantastic in Spring and Summer and which then leads to the Cathedral.
It is well worth a visit and it is free!

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank flobolob
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