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The museum is now fully open and back to usual hours, after over a year closed due to covid pandemic!

Welcome to the John Bunyan Museum & Library

Visit our inspiring museum and discover the story of the Bedford preacher whose writings touched the world and continue to inspire.

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.

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Museum Opening Times:

Closed Until 15th January 2022

Saturdays Only from 15th January 11am to 4pm

From 15th February 2022:

Tuesdays to Saturdays

 11am to 4pm

(last entry at 3:30 pm)


Pre-booked groups & schools welcome

* Closed Good Friday & All December

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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

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

For a copy of our leaflet (details from 2019):

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Why John Bunyan 

matters today

Accredited Museum by Arts Council England :

No. 1587