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. John Bunyan rose from humble origins to become one of the world’s most widely read Christian writers. '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. Bunyan lived most of his life in and around Bedford: he was born at Elstow, he preached in the town and he became a pastor of the Independent Congregation in the 1670s. 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.
The Museum is based at Bunyan Meeting, an active Church, the current building was built in 1849 and stands on the site of the original building Bunyan would have known and preached in.