Our museum takes you on a journey through the remarkable life of Bedford’s most famous son, John Bunyan. His story is larger than life and over 300 years since his death, his legacy still inspires. Find out why here.

The museum takes you through a variety of displays. These include recreations of key scenes from Bunyan’s life, audio, and hands-on interactives. Our collections include evocative items that belonged to, or were used by Bunyan in the 17th century.

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Images courtesy of Macro Photography

Your visit can be intimate and absorbing, or interactive and sociable – or indeed both!


We offer self-led trails for families, and our Museum Stewards offer a warm welcome and will happily answer questions and share their knowledge.

An ideal souvenir, our Guide Book is also perfect for advance research or if you are unable to visit the museum in person. It is produced by specialist museum publisher Jarrold and is packed with pictures and detailed history.

We recommend you allow 30 to 60 minutes for your visit, and a further 10 to 20 minutes when the church is open to visitors, which is next door. A small garden can be visited too.

Note: We reopen on Tues 29th June 2021 and each Tues, Thurs & Sat 11 - 4 this summer.

The Church and cafe are closed until late July 2021 for a major refurbishment.


In the meantime, pictures of the stained glass windows can be purchased as postcards, they also feature in the guidebook and you can view a short film Highlight about them.

“The museum guide book is a great read and beautifully produced. It opens out not just Bunyan’s story but also the wider struggles in society at the time. Just fascinating!”

Helen Mitchell, Arts and Heritage Consultant

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