Derwent Dam Museum

Derwent Dam, Derbyshire

Welcome to Derwent Dam Museum

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The museum contains many original items associated with the 617 Squadron Dambuster raids of the Second World War. In addition, comprehensive information and several exhibits can be found on the ‘lost villages’ of Derwent, Ashopton and Birchinlee which were flooded as a result of the construction of the dams.

Other notable exhibits include a life size replica of the ‘bouncing bomb’ invented by Sir Barnes Wallis, RAF uniforms worn by the Dambusters air crew and various items salvaged from the lost villages.

A permanent memorial stands at the entrance to the museum dedicated to the 204 617 Squadron aircrew who laid down their lives between 1943 and 1945.

The museum is owned and operated by Vic Hallam who is usually in attendance during museum opening times to provide a warm welcome to all visitors. Vic is always ready and willing to answer any questions that visitors may have.

Set in the beautiful countryside of Ladybower and Derwent Reservoirs in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the museum and surrounding areas provide a wonderful day out for the whole family.

The Derwent Dam Museum is situated in the west tower of the Derwent Dam in Derbyshire and is open to visitors every Sunday and Bank Holiday throughout the year from 10am until 4pm.

Admission is free but if you enjoy your visit we do welcome donations, however small, which help towards the running costs and upkeep of the museum.