e paid a very modest fee to have the place to ourselves for an hour . Very , very interesting museum you must visit !
In September 2020, Xedos1 said:
Due to Covid-19 access is via hourly slots booked in advance, one per family group. Perhaps not good for the museum, but good for the few lucky visitors. Tells the story of Darwin's grandfarther well. Would recommend.
In September 2020, Hazel Ldn said:
We have been meaning to visit for a while and COVID made it possible. We had the house to ourselves and Brian, the caretaker, wore a visor and made sure our 6 and 10yr olds had lots to do with their activity packs. We adults enjoyed the rooms and the clearly presented information panels. The house had a lovely homey feeling. We very much enjoyed the inventions room. Thank you for making it a fabulous visit.
In September 2020, welshrainbow said:
We visited this house today and because of Covid restrictions were the only people in there as only one household or bubble is allowed a pre-booed visit at a time. Paul the volunteer on duty was really helpful and the house and information fascinating. I know the limits on numbers are not good for the sustainability of the charity running it all but it does make for a really good visit. The herb garden is open to all and is free. That’s a bonus for everyone
In August 2020, Nigel B said:
The house and gardens are located close to the cathedral. Unfortunately the museum is closed during Covid but you can walk through the delightful gardens with interesting plants.
In August 2020, oxfordtraveller2018 said:
Fantastic house full of history of the pioneers of the industrial revolution. Home of Erasmus Darwin (Grandfather of Charles). Lots of atmosphere and models of technological advances. You should read "The Lunar Men" by Jenny Uglow first to get a real sense of what Erasmus and his friends achieved. It's a small house, so it takes about an hour to see everything. Maybe less if you know the history+background and there's not many people, maybe a bit more if there are many people competing to enter the small rooms.
In February 2020, Caticorn said:
Lovely bit of local history! House and garden are beautifully maintained, and the garden gives a really authentic feel as though you’re stepping back in time. Great way to get to know the area and it’s historical significance a bit better. Looking forward to taking one of the cellar tours when available.
In February 2020, The tiny traveller said:
We really enjoyed our visit here! This museum is a little gem of a find! It is so interesting and interactive and so well laid out! The “mouse hunt” game for kids as they go around is a fantastic idea! Great way to keep the little ones busy!
In February 2020, bonjgb1009 said:
What an amazing find, so full of unknown information.
We passed the Erasmus Darwin House on the walk down to Lichfield Cathedral from our hotel but not being aware who he was we didn’t take much notice. When we came out of the cathedral and walking back to the main road, and it was raining we noticed the back-alley entrance to the house. As my wife was interested in herbs, we noticed it was also the entrance to the house’s herb garden.
What we found was amazing and totally full of interest.
The herb garden reasonably large and well laid out with known and unknow herbs all well labelled. It was the wrong time of year, later in the year should be wonderful.
The house is the former home of Erasmus Darwin, Charles Darwin's grandfather, and is now a museum to the works of Erasmus Darwin. Erasmus, we found was a doctor, inventor, botanist, apothecary, natural philosopher, physiologist, slave-trade abolitionist and poet and it is thought he set the groundwork for his grandson.
The exhibition is very well laid out with different rooms laid out for the different elements and exhibitions of his work. It’s amazing how much is accredited to him. Also, thoughtfully there is a room laid out especially for children/teenagers to get involved with the exhibitions. Also, as well as other figures amongst the exhibits there is a full-size statue of Erasmus looking out of the window facing the road.
The volunteers right from the entrance door were friendly, knowledgeable and obviously very enthusiastic about their work. Very welcome to us who had no idea who Erasmus Darwin was.
The museum has no entrance fee, but as it’s an independent museum it's well worth visitors making a small donation to ensure continuity.
Be aware that its closed 2 – 6 March 2020 for redecoration
In February 2020, ABONJUK said:
Really enjoyed this little house and the herb garden. Some of the Stones on the path were dedicated to Erasmus Darwin. and interesting to see. There id a lift for people who find stairs difficult. All in all good to see and free enrty to boot
In January 2020, Nigel G said:
My wife and I found this museum while exploring the lovely area around Lichfield Cathedral (which is well worth a visit).
The museum is the former home of Erasmus Darwin (one of Charles Darwin's grandfathers), who was a doctor, inventor and all-round polymath (he was the first Darwin to have concluded evolution of life forms must have occurred).
The exhibition is very well presented, and all of the volunteer staff we met, were very friendly, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and clearly very proud of their museum and the beautiful area in which it is located.
The museum is free to visit, but I think it's well worth a donation.
Do visit if you have the chance!
In December 2019, John E said:
This three hundred year old house is tucked away in the close ,fifty metres from the west entrance to the cathedral . ED was a great many in many ways and fields . Huge family, medical practice, ideas , even tragedies and the museum does a great job in show it a.. The practical science on display will appeal to young and old. It is a pleasure to sit in an armchair and listen to the guided tour! The staff are volunteers are very engaging. I di d not visit the herb garden but will be back to see it in Spring. Admission is free. Well done Lichfield.
In December 2019, alfiered said:
We visit Erasmus Darwin House with our your children. They aspecially enjoyed the interactive parts. The silhouette drawing was very popular. Highly recommend have a look. Nothing to lose as its free entry. There are also nice toilets.
In December 2019, brkttp said:
Fabulous trip back in time. The entry is free but a donation box is available and is worth donating to keep this amazing place alive. This house is just two minutes walk from the Cathedral Hotel in Lichfield.
In December 2019, djthomas said:
Centrally located. An imposing frontage. Nice interiors and exhibits. Very interesting. Located just along from The Close and the Cathedral so very convenient to combine with them.
In November 2019, Paul C said:
Interesting place to visit, alllows you to get more background on where Charles Darwin learned his ideas and science background
In November 2019, Advait Amarana B said:
Free entry to wonderful house full of bits of Erasmus Darwin relics. Well worth a visit, astonishing rooms and artefacts.
In October 2019, J059 said:
Drifted into this small museum by accident (it’s opposite the cathedral front) but was glad I had. Lots of information about Charles Darwin’s famous grandfather which I found really interesting. This attraction is very child friendly, with hands on exhibits and dressing up. Great for the whole family.
In October 2019, Dorrie Coates said:
Very interesting learnt a lot from friendly welcoming staff. Was unaware of connection to Charles Darwin and the influence he had on his grandson.
In October 2019, Tony B said:
I knew a little about the Grandfather of the great Charles Darwin, and of the Lunar Society, before my visit, but the exhibition laid out in this original Georgian home of Erasmus really brought it all to life. Run by enthusiastic volunteers, and with free entry (on expectation of a donation), it is not to be missed on any Lichfield excursion. What a thrill to be in the very room in which the Lunar Society had met. To see the original volumes of Erasmus' notebooks, and read his thoughts direct from the page. Such an original and far-reaching thinker, so ahead of his time. The museum is well laid out, with just enough audio-visual to give the background to this extraordinary man and his times. If you have any interest in scientific discovery, and the history of how science leapt forward in the 18th century, you will not be disappointed by this quirky and quaint exhibition.
In October 2019, NESTIHD said:
What a lovely place to visit after the Cathedral - full of wonder and a peaceful garden to enjoy a rest!
In October 2019, Peter e said:
A lovely little (ok large) georgian house in lichfield near the cathedrel city of lichfield .
Free entry which is rare these days , manned but only two staff on .
Lovely peaceful garden at the back and lots of history inside .
Not a person who many have heard of but he is worthy of a mention on the midlands history , grand father to charles but they never met . charles finished his ideas with facts and a book.
In September 2019, hermy s said:
We visited with our 2 young daughters. Free entry and friendly staff. All floors are accessible. There was an Erasmouse trail for the children which kept them interested. There were a few interactive activities in each room with audio guides and visual aids which gave an insight into the genius that was Erasmus Darwin and his family. The girls enjoyed the silhouette drawing, looking through a microscope and Georgian dressing up. There was a surprise prize at the end of the trail. The short video in the library was an interesting watch and cast a light on Erasmus' inventiveness. Who would have thought that Erasmus Darwin was not just a doctor but a scientist and inventor. Very informative and child friendly.
In August 2019, BobandJosie said:
Erasmus Darwin - Grandfather of Charles - lived here. Nice small courtyard style garden. Not that many rooms to see - but good information boards.
Free Entry - but Donations always welcome.
In August 2019, Leila A said:
A little small and crowded but we'll worth the visit, Especially the garden. Child friendly place with lots to interest young people.