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 306260

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Opening times

Museum Opening Hours

30 Oct 2021 to 26 March 2022 - Thursday to Monday 11am to 4pm - last entry 3.15pm.

27 March 2022 to 29 Oct 2022 - Monday to Sunday 11am to 5pm - last entry 4.15pm

The herb garden is open all year with free access - please observe social distancing in our small garden

Please visit erasmusdarwin.org for full information.

We have decided to maintain social distancing and other mitigation measures, including reduced capacity and a one way system in the museum until otherwise announced, in accordance with industry best practice.

We recommend that visitors wear a face covering whilst in the museum.

To ensure the financial stability of this independent museum it has been necessary for us to introduce an admission charge.

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 2022
50% off entry
Valid until December 2022

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