In 1665 a tailor from Eyam ordered a bale of cloth from London to make up into clothes for the villagers, unwittingly triggering a chain of events that led to 260 Eyam villagers dying from bubonic plague – more than double the mortality rate suffered by the citizens of London in the Great Plague.

Between the first death and the last, the villagers set an extraordinary and enduring example of self-sacrifice by sealing off the village from the surrounding areas to prevent the disease spreading.

The Museum tells their story.

Less than a century later, Ralph Wain, working in a factory in the village, invented a revolutionary new way of reproducing designs in silk. Together with the miners, spinners, weavers, other skilled craftsmen and women, poets, and writers – he contributed to the rebirth of the village after the plague. The museum tells this story too.

As the village continues to change, and remains a vital and beautiful place, so too the Museum tells the changing story of Eyam and its people. In so doing it sets the scene for a visit to the village, where you can still see where it all started.


The museum is a great place to begin your visit to the village.


The plague story and village history make for a fascinating school visit.


Eyam is the perfect setting for a day out in the Peaks.

Opening Times

 Christmas and New Year

28 - 31 December inclusive 11am to 3.30pm

 February Half Term

11 - 26 February excluding Mondays 11am to 3:30 pm

27th March 2017 - end Oct 2017

Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays

10.00 am to 4.30 pm
(Last admissions at 4.00pm)



Admission fees

Adult £2.50
Child / Concession £2.00
Family admission £7.50

We accept cash as payment for admission fees and in the shop. Regrettably we do not accept cards.



  • HLF Supported

    HLF Supported

  • Re-accredited 2015

    Re-accredited 2015

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