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 Kent Down House Home of Charles Darwin


Down House was the home of Charles Darwin and his family. It was at Down House that Darwin worked on the scientific theories that culminated in the publication, in 1859, of On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection - the book that both scandalised and revolutionised the Victorian world. The house, built in the late 18th century, remains much as it was when Darwin lived here. The rooms on the ground floor have been furnished to reflect the domestic life of the family, while the study holds his writing desk, chair and numerous objects connected with his work. The first floor offers an interactive exhibition on his life, his research and his discoveries. From June 2005, visitors can see Emma: From Wedgwood to Darwin, an exhibition about the early life of Darwin's wife, Emma, including personal possessions, poems and pictures from her 'grand tour' of Europe.

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