Housed in a former World War II prisoner-of-war camp, the Eden Camp museum is an artifact in itself and contains several items from its period of history. Real tanks, aircraft, artillery, military equipment and hardware, submarines, and even shelters are all on display. The interactive experience is designed to recreate the feel of the home front and the front line using sounds, smells, and animatronics. Exhibits spread out in 33 huts detail the stories of the Battle of Britain and World War I and II, among other conflicts since 1945.
Eden Camp has won many awards for its immersive displays, which remind visitors of what it felt like to live in wartime Britain. It is recognized as one of the most comprehensive museums of 20th century British military forces, and is an essential stop for history enthusiasts when in York.
Eden Camp is found just outside the North Yorkshire town of Malton. It’s best reached by car off the A169/A64 Junction, and parking is free upon arrival. There are picnic facilities and an on-site cafe. There’s lots to see, so plan on a few hours to a full day to explore the many exhibits.