Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum

Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum
North Yorkshire
YO17 6RT






01653 697777


01653 698243

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A visit to our unique museum at Eden Camp will transport you back in time to wartime Britain. You will experience the sights, sounds, even the smells of those dangerous years.

This is no ordinary Museum - not another Military Museum - not a glass showcase Museum - we have reconstructed scenes using movement, lighting, sound, smells, even smoke machines to transport you back in time, to make you feel that you are there taking part in history.

Our special award winning Museum is an original Prisoner of War Camp built in 1942. Our fascinating displays hold, and reveal to you, the vital spirit which eventually triumphed in 1945. These superb and lifelike exhibits make a visit to EDEN CAMP a wonderful and educational day out for all the family. The Eden Camp Chapel of Remembrance (which is located within Hut 29) has seen many Associations and regional branches of Associations combining a reunion with the dedicating of a memorial plaque or laying up of a Standard.

At all other times the Chapel is open to allow both young and old to spend a quiet moment and reflect on everything that they have seen on site. It also allows families to remember loved ones who have been lost through military conflict.

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Opening hours

Second Monday in January through to 23rd December, every day. 10am to 5pm, last admission 4pm. However, we do recommend to try and arrive here no later than 2pm. Allow 3-4 hours for a visit.

Parties welcome at special rates for 10 people or over. Please note that school visits are in progress during all weekdays, except school holidays. School parties in general start to leave the museum by 2pm.

Closed: 24th December - second Monday in January

Admission charges

2010 Prices

Adults £5.50
Children £4.50
OAP's £4.50
Disabled £4.00

Please visit our website, or contact us for latest prices

For groups of 10 persons or more, pre-booked & paying on arrival:
Adults £4.50
Children £3.50
OAP's £3.50
Disabled £3.50

For groups of 10 persons or more, pre-booked & paying on arrival:
Children: £2.50
One teacher free per five children (minimum requirement one teacher per ten children for supervision purposes)

Please visit our website, or contact us for latest prices.

Additional info

DISABLED FACILITIES: Eden Camp is fully accessible for the disabled visitor, there is not a single step on the site, and in the past we have won numerous awards for Tourism for All.

We have wheelchairs that are available for loan free of charge, however we would recommend that you phone / email and pre book them for the day of your visit. We have disabled toilet facilities, Braille sheets and audio cassettes for loan; we have a model of the Camp that you may touch to imagine the overall size and layout of the site.

The unique concept of Eden Camp means that we utilise every sense during a visit. There is something here for everyone! We have quiet areas if you require special medication during the day, i.e. power for a ventilator. If you have a specific query please do not hesitate to contact us.

ASSAULT COURSE - A two part Assault Course for the younger visitors. One for the Tiny Tot Commandos and through the escape tunnel for the potential SAS members.

PETS - As in dogs not alligators, are allowed on site as long as they are on a lead. The only area we ask them not to be taken into is the Cafeteria.

HOW TO GET THERE: Eden Camp is accessible by car, or by train, bus or taxi. The nearest train station is Malton, which is on the York to Scarborough line. At the train station you can catch the bus to Pickering, or get a taxi, it is approximately 2.5 miles to the Camp. The Camp can be reached by bus from Leeds, York, Scarborough, Whitby, Pickering and Filey. For bus details contact the Yorshire Coastliner Bus Company on Malton (01653) 692556.

The huts have been re-equipped to tell the story of The People's War, the social history of life in Britain from 1939 to 1945. So many Museums simply display exhibits in cabinets and on walls and are pretty dull affairs, but not Eden Camp. <P>Realistic tableaux, with moving figures, authentic sounds and smells have been created to "transport you back in time". Each hut covers a different aspect of the story, starting with the rise of the Nazi Party, Hitler and The Outbreak of War. Other huts have been allocated military themes. From 1990 to 1995 a series of huts were opened, creating a "Museum within a Museum". In these huts the military and political events of the Second World War around the world are covered in detail. During 1992 a prefab was reconstructed on site which is an excellent example of the post war housing efforts. Additionally a dig for victory garden was created and a Garden of Remembrance.<P> The year 2000 saw the refurbishment and redevelopment of Hut 13, Post-WWII Conflicts. This hut covers all those conflicts that British military forces have been involved in worldwide since the end of the Second World War. The new Millennium also heralded the refurbishment and expansion of Hut 18, The War News Reading Room.<P> Newspaper pages from virtually every day of the war can be browsed through to see what was happe ning between 1939 and 1945, whilst the media theme was extended to include different forms of communication and media presentation with a large display of radio and telecommunications equipment covering most of the 20 Century. September 2001 saw the ope ning of Hut 11, which takes you back to World War One. Visitors experience what life was like in the trenches, brought to life with realistic sights, sounds and smells. The second part of the exhibition is more of a traditional format with text boards and display cases containing documentation, photographs and artifacts that relate to all aspects of the Great War. Hut 10, Prisoners of War, displays the wealth of material and memorabilia that has been brought into the museum over the last 15 years by ex-PoWs, Guards and the civilians who befriended PoW' s.<P> It will cover the life of both Allied and Axis PoWs. The display will be on going and will contain totally unique material and personal experiences and stories.<P>
For some light relief, you can visit the Eden Camp Music Hall where you can sit down and watch a puppet show in which some of the great entertainers of the time are portrayed. The audience is invited to join in and sing "We'll meet again". As a nationally recognized military museum we are continually forming partnerships with many different military and civilian veteran groups, associations and old comrade clubs. This in turn has lead to many organizations depositing their own collections of memorabilia and archives with us.<P> This has allowed us to establish and create a number of unique exhibitions, for example Escapers and Evaders, Human Torpedos, The Civil Defence and R.A.F. Bomb Disposal. In addition to the museum s many indoor displays, we are always adding to our collectio n of military vehicles displayed around the site.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Social History, Land Transport, Aviation

Key artists and exhibits

  • Nazi Party, Hitler and The Outbreak of War
  • Rationing
  • Utility Scheme
  • Evacuees
  • Propaganda
  • Home Guard
  • Home Front
  • The Blitz, Air Raid and Gas Precautions
  • War at Sea and U-boats
  • LDV & The Home Guard
  • Bomber Command
  • Path Finders
  • R.E. & R.A.F. Bomb Disposal
  • S.O.E.
  • Escapers and Evaders
  • Resistance
  • The life of a Prisoner of War
  • Animals at War
  • The Street at War
  • Women at War
  • Land Army and Timber Girls
  • Munition Factories
  • The Observer Corps, The Auxiliary Fire Service, The WVS, The Red Cross, Civil Defence, The Rescue Services, The Bevin Boys
  • Dunkirk
  • The War in the Desert
  • War at Sea
  • The Dambusters
  • The Great Escape
  • D-Day, V.E. and V.J. Days
  • The Holocaust
  • The Middle East, The Far East, Italy, Europe
  • T34, Sherman and Churchill Tanks
  • Scammel Heavy Recovery Wagon
  • White M16 half-track
  • DUKW
  • V1 Doodlebug Flying bomb
  • Post-WWII Conflicts: Palestine, Cyprus, Egypt, Suez, Malaya, Korea, Kenya, Aden, The Falklands, The Gulf War, Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan.