Welcome to Eyam Museum!
Following the easing of Covid restrictions in England from 19 July, we have maintained some safety measures, including managing visitor numbers through reduced capacity, pre-booking and encouragement of face coverings (unless exempt) until otherwise announced, in accordance with sector best practice and guidance issued by the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions.
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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.
Booking information and availability are given on the VISIT US page.
We will be open weekends only in December, first admission at 11:00 and last admission 13:45. However, opening days and hours may vary at this time as the Covid situation continues to evolve, so go to the Visit Us page to check available entry dates and times. Booking dates are released up to two weeks in advance every Friday.
This page is updated regularly and you can follow us on Twitter @EyamMuseum and Facebook @eyamvillagemuseum.
Please send any questions you have to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 December 2021
Group bookings of ten or more:
Adults £3.00 per person
Students/Seniors £2.00 per person
Children £2.00 per child
Card payments are preferred.