Welcome to Erasmus Darwin House

Erasmus Darwin House is a historic house and previous home of Dr Erasmus Darwin – scientist, doctor, inventor, poet, botanist and Grandfather of Evolution (as well as Charles Darwin!)

The figure from history for whom you’d most like to buy a pie and a pint… Erasmus Darwin, Charles Darwin’s grandfather. He had all the ideas about evolution long before Charles.  He’s a great unsung hero. – Clarissa Dixon-Wright in The Daily Mail

Coming in 2016

A Year of Lunarcy!

1766 – 2016

We are celebrating the 250th anniversary of the Lunar Society with monthly talks, conference, family events and even a son-et-lumiere! Watch out for more details soon.


Erasmus Darwin


Matthew Boulton


James Watt


Josiah Wedgwood








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Please note the Winter opening times

Open Thursday – Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Free admission

How can I help ?

Erasmus Darwin House continues to rely on regular and one-off donations from individuals.

If you would like to support the work of the museum or simply find out more about the Foundation please visit our ‘How can I help?’ page by clicking on the button below.


 Cellar Tours

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Explore Dr Darwin’s spooky cellars and see a hidden part of 13th Century Lichfield!

1st & 3rd Saturday of each month, 2.30pm.

All tours start at 2.30pm in reception.


Just £1.50 per person

Next tour: November 21st


 Georgian Christmas
in the Close


Georgian Christmas

This year our Christmas event will be held on Saturday 12th December, as always, celebrating the birthday of Erasmus Darwin. This is a joint event with the Cathedral this year with stalls around The Close, pantomime actors and other attractions. We will have craft stalls in the house and a tearoom.

A charge will be made for entry to The Close – Adults £1, Children FREE.



For more information on all our events please see the events page. 

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Beacon Street,
WS13 7AD
Tel: 01543 306260