ABOUT THE MUSEUM

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

We reopened on Tues 29th June 2021 and each Tues, Thurs & Sat 11:00am - 4:00pm for this summer. Last entry is at 3:30pm.

 

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

 

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

We have taken measures to reduce risk of covid.

Pre-booking your tickets free of charge online or by phone is advised, as entry numbers are limited to allow for distancing and it helps to spread visitors across the day and to keep Test & Trace details safely. (BOOKING SYSTEM WILL BE STARTED SOON)

 

You may have to wait for a while if not booking, but drop in if you like, the museum is not busy in early July. All visitors aged over 16 will need to check in for Track & Trace using phone App, booking a ticket or completing a short form that we keep safely.

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.

Covid safety on a visit

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. (closed in June to July 2021 for redecoration work). A small garden can be visited too.

The Church and cafe are closed until later summer 2021 for a major refurbishment. Watch this website to see when they open.

 

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 - click below to see the film.

“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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SHARE Museum Conference - images courtesy of Paul Macro Photography