Museums and galleries across the UK are subject to temporary closures. Those that remain open have safety measures in place, please remember to check venue guidelines before visiting.

Erasmus Darwin House

Temporarily closed

Staffordshire

Free to all
20% off

Erasmus Darwin House is temporarily closed until further notice. Please check the venue's website for the latest details.

This elegant Grade 1 Listed Georgian house was the home of Erasmus Darwin – physician, scientist, inventor and poet, and grandfather of Charles Darwin.

Erasmus Darwin lived in this house in the heart of Lichfield from 1756 to 1781, adding the elegant Palladian frontage to the original half-timbered building. Darwin was a leading physician, scientist (advancing the hypothesis of evolution in 1770), inventor of mechanical devices, a poet admired by Coleridge, and the co-founder of the influential Lunar Society.


Permanent collection

The displays emphasise Erasmus Darwin’s genius and relevance for today. In the library are early editions of works by Erasmus and Charles Darwin which outline the development of evolutionary theory, as well as biographical writings that have been passed down through the family. There are plans to install a full-size interactive model of Darwin's speaking machine – a mechanical larynx that reproduced human sounds.

Erasmus Darwin House

Free to all

Beacon Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 7AD

01543 306260

Website

Opening times

Temporarily closed

Once we are able to reopen the museum access is by pre booked tickets only. To ensure the financial stability of this independent museum it has been necessary for us to introduce a temporary admission charge and restrictions on access.

Exclusive access gives one household of up to 6 people (including someone in your bubble) sole access to the museum for one hour.

Please visit erasmusdarwin.org for full details.

With a National Art Pass you get

20% off in shop
Selling an array of books and gifts, Erasmus Darwin House now offers 20% off in the shop to National Art Pass holders.
Valid until December 2021

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