Eyam Plague Village Museum, Eyam

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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 Museum is well worth a visit if you are in the area, I had never heard of the events regarding this attraction, it is a fascinating historical true life story of the people and the village of Eya...  more »
  • We walked around the village first reading the plaques on the buildings. On the way to the Museum we passed the houses where the plague originated in the village. Although you might think you know abo...  more »
  • We visited and granted only paid about £2 each to get in so can't be bad, plus free parking on street. Or so we thought.........Trouble is if a museum puts rooms of boards up for you to read, I may as...  more »
  • Nice staff, the video at the beginning was great for the kids (and my understanding). As others have said, lots of reading, so harder to interest the kids, though they did have a couple worksheets a the front to help.
  • 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.
  • Fantastic insight into the selfless sacrifice the people of Eyam made in the 17th century when black death plague broke out and they isolated themselves from the outside world to stop the spread to other parts of Derbyshire.
  • 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
  • Excellent well worth a visit, extremely informative.

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