The museum is currently closed due to Government Guidelines on Corona-virus social distancing

For activities and links during the Corona Virus click Families

Welcome to the John Bunyan Museum & Library

Visit our inspiring museum and discover the story of the Bedford man whose writings touched the world.

John Bunyan wrote a book that transformed literature, and inspired people the world over; The Pilgrim’s Progress. Imprisoned for his beliefs, as a prisoner of conscience, his books and personal example helped transform the way ordinary people worshipped, empowering them and their communities.

From rural Bedfordshire to world-renown, from pulpit to prison, and from fiery sermons to tales of great beasts and giants – his life and times make for an amazing and colourful story.

Museum Opening Times:

Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm 

 from February to October half term*

Saturdays only November, January, and early February, 11am to 4pm


Pre-booked groups and schools welcome all year​

* Closed Good Friday & All December

The museum is currently closed due to Government Guidelines on Corona-virus social distancing

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“John Bunyan Museum has a great programme of activities for families. It’s at the heart of its community.”
Emma Cook, Museum Development Officer for Bedfordshire

In March 2015 a public vote selected John Bunyan’s birthday as Bedfordshire Day.

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Why John Bunyan 

matters today

Accredited Museum : 1587

 A busy, town centre Christian Church affiliated to the Congregational Federation and the Baptist Union of Great Britain

and home to the John Bunyan Museum & Library, and the Basement at Bunyan Gallery


Minister - Reverend Chris Damp MA, BD

Reg. Charity No: 248195 

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