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

Beacon Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 7AD

01543 306 260

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Opening times

Nov – Mar
Thu – Mon, 11am – 4pm

Apr – Oct
Mon – Sun, 11am – 5pm

Free to all

20% off shop purchases

Valid to 31 December 2018

Selling an array of books and gifts, Erasmus Darwin House now offers 20% off all shop purchases to National Art Pass holders.


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