John Bunyan Museum and Library


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Bunyan Meeting Mill Street
Bedford
Bedfordshire
MK40 3EU
England

The John Bunyan Museum tells the story of John Bunyan (1628 -1688), the renowned author, pastor and preacher. Visitors to the museum are able to take a walk through Bunyan’s life and times. See 17th Century Bedford, hear Bunyan tell his story and visit him in prison. The Pilgrim's Progress, his most famous work, has been translated into over 200 languages, many examples of which can be seen in the museum. The museum showcases some of the objects owned and used by Bunyan from the anvil he used as a tinker, to the jug believed to have been used by Bunyan’s blind daughter to take ale or soup to her father in prison. Quizzes and trails allow children to navigate Bunyan’s amazing story at their own pace. John Bunyan became the minister of the church following his release from prison in 1672. He remained until his death in 1688. The present building was opened in 1850. Scenes from The Pilgrim’s Progress are depicted on the magnificent bronze entrance doors and in some of the finest samples of 20th and 21st century stained glass windows. This beautiful building, steeped in Christian history, is today a living centre of Christian worship and service to the community.

Further information

Opening Hours:

February half-term to October half-term Tues-Sat 11.00-16.00 Last entry 15.45 Groups/School parties are welcome throughout the year by prior arrangement Closed: Good Friday

Charges:

Free

Discounts:

  • Museums Association
  • British Association of Friends of Museums

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services

Facilities:

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Library
  • Meeting room available
  • Parking for coaches
  • Parking for disabled available
  • Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups
  • Refreshments
  • Research facilities for academics
  • Shop
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas
  • Toilets

Facilities information:

The Library is open by appointment only.

Services:

  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Guided tours
  • Licensed for weddings
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Specialist publications on collections available
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Membership and/or Friends scheme offered
  • Volunteering scheme offered

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