Eyam Plague Village Museum, Eyam

(4.3/5 based on 400+ reviews on the web)
Learn about the tragic event that brought about the downfall of the town of Eyam at Eyam Plague Village Museum. The museum tells the story of the tailor that ordered cloth from London in 1665 which was unknowingly inflicted by a flea carrying the bubonic plague. The tailor's ill-fated clothing led to the death of 260 of 350 villagers. Follow the stories of the plagues' victims, heroes, and the man that brought the town back to life. The museum is comprised of the preserved village, complete with 14th-century buildings. Displays include relevant documents, minerals, rocks, fossils, stone artifacts, pottery, mining artifacts, pipes, silk, shoes, paintings, and drawings. Make Eyam Plague Village Museum part of your personalized Eyam itinerary using our Eyam itinerary maker.
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  • This is not just the story of the 17th century plague that devastated the village but also the story of villagers who fought in the First World War. It is all really well done and very informative. So...  more »
  • The museum is a short walk from the free public car park in the village. Entrance is £2.50 per adult. Laid out over two levels most of the information relates to the plague which came to Eyam in 1665....  more »
  • Have been to the village (pronounced E M) hundreds of times. By the way the disease was spread, modern thinking (and mine) think that the disease was anthrax, not bubonic plague  more »
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  • Very informative museum. Lots to read, not really suitable for children as the bulk of the information requires quite a lot of reading. There are a few exhibits but not enough to keep children amused. Well worth a visit for adults though.
  • Museum ran by friendly volunteer staff. Interesting museum. Takes about a hour to go round. Would like to see more exhibits other than information. One of the volunteer staff went out of his way to find me an information leaflet about the symptoms of the plaque. Thank you
  • The museum was great fun to look around, and amazing value to get in. The selection of local memorabilia here is fantastic and really makes it worth a visit. The volunteers/staff are really friendly and full of interesting anecdotes!
  • Very enjoyable well worth a visit
  • Though roughly enjoyed reading about the history of the village and seeing historic items.