We are currently closed to the public as part of the national Covid restrictions announced on 5 January 2021. We are hoping to reopen at the end of May 2021, but we will keep this website updated.

We might be closed, but we are still active, with regular online events. Click here to check our Events page.

We continue to be active on social media: find us on Facebook @eyamvillagemuseum and Twitter @EyamMuseum - follow us!

Our museum shop is fully open for business online - click here to browse.

We would welcome your donations, especially while we are closed. Click here to donate to us.

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.

Visit Us

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.

Opening Times

We are currently closed to the public. 

We will reopen when it is possible to do so. Booking information will be available on the VISIT US page.

The news page is updated regularly and you can follow us on Twitter @EyamMuseum and Facebook @eyamvillagemuseum.

Please send any questions you have to

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Admission Fees

Adults                             £3.50 

Children/Students        £2.50

Seniors                           £2.50 

Family                             £10.00 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. 




  • HLF Supported

    HLF Supported

  • Re-accredited 2015

    Re-accredited 2015

  • Our Quality