Following the government announcement on 31 October 2020, the Museum will be closed to the public until further notice. We will keep this website updated, so you will be able to see when we intend to re-open.
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The museum not only tells the Plague Story, but also relates the earlier development of the village, and its recovery after the Plague, as a centre for farming, mining, and, at various times, for the manufacture of shoes and silk products.
In 1665 a tailor from Eyam ordered a box of materials relating to his trade from London, that he was to make into clothes for the villagers. He unwittingly triggered 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 Peak District.
We are currently closed to the public.
We hope to reopen when it is possible to do so. Booking information will be available on the VISIT US page.
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Family £9.50 2 adults 2 children
Group bookings of ten or more:
Adults £3.00 per person
Students and Seniors £2.00 per person
Children £1.50 per child
No cash payments taken currently.