John Bunyan Museum
The John Bunyan Museum is in Bedford, England, and was established in 1956 to commemorate the contribution of John Bunyan – who was born in 1628. The museum is housed in the oldest house in the town of Bedford. The house was built in 1575 by the Greenwood family, and is a fine example of Tudor architecture. John Bunyan’s grandparents lived at one time in this building, which was only converted to a museum in 1956.
John Bunyan (1628-1688) preached for 35 years on street corners and worked as a tinker. Bunyan was arrested and jailed on two occasions for preaching without a license. It was during the first of these jail terms, lasting 12 years, that he wrote Pilgrim’s Progress – which has become one of the classics of English literature.
The museum is just as interesting inside as it is outside with lots to see and learn about this famous son of Bedford. The displays on the upper floor are brought to life by great quotes from Bunyan’s works which are spread around the rooms. There is also an old printing press where free leaflets about the museum – based on Pilgrim’s Progress – can be obtained.
Downstairs there is more information about Bunyan and his times, while at the rear of the building a modern annex provides more space for displays and educational activities. The museum is open every day except Mondays from 10am to 4pm (April to September) and 11am to 3pm (October to March), and closed on Bank Holidays.
The museum is housed in the oldest house in Bedford, which was built at the end of the 16th century by the Greenwood family. It is an example of Tudor architecture and it is only since 1956 that the house was converted into a museum to commemorate John Bunyan.
John Bunyan (1628-1688) preached for 35 years on street corners and worked as a tinker, but he is most famous for his book Pilgrim’s Progress which has become one of the classics in English literature. The museum brings together the life and works of Bunyan and there are examples of printing presses used during Bunyan’s time. The museum is open every day except Mondays from 10am to 4pm (April to September) and 11am to 3pm (October to March), and closed on Bank Holidays.
The John Bunyan Museum is an intimate and personal collection that celebrates the life, work, and legacy of one of England’s most famous writers. The museum features a wide variety of family-friendly exhibits, including local history displays and interactive activities for children to explore. The grounds offer picturesque views of Bunyan’s hometown in Bedfordshire.