Bedfordshire Museums

Bedfordshire is full of history and fantastic museums to visit and enjoy, some of which are featured in this year’s Museum Explorer Passport. From abstract art to amazing aircraft there is something for everyone this summer.

Here is a little bit more about the Bedfordshire Museums:

Higgins MuseumThe Higgins Bedford unites on one site three previous cultural venues: Cecil Higgins Art Gallery, Bedford Museum and Bedford Gallery. The buildings themselves date back 200 years. Visitors can enjoy watercolour, print and decorative art collections as well as archaeological finds, natural history, geology and social history.


John Bunyan MuseumThe collection now held in the Museum was brought together and put on display for the first time in 1946. It was housed in a room which had been used and made secure by the BBC during World War Two. A purpose built museum was constructed to house the large collection of artefacts and books relating to John Bunyan and officially opened in 1998.
This modern museum depicts John Bunyan’s life and times, including his imprisonment in Bedford. Visitors can wander through the displays and experience life as it was in the 17th century.

ShuttleworthThe Shuttleworth collection is a chance to discover a truly awe-inspiring collection of historic aircraft and vehicles dating from the first half of the 20th century. Explore the hangars, smell the engine oil, see the engineers at work and then return on an event day to be captivated by these incredible aircraft in flight, taking off from our traditional grass runway. The Swiss Garden is an outstanding example of Regency fashion it includes 13 listed structures, an adjacent woodland sculpture trail and three resident peacocks.

Visit the Mill and discover its thousand years of history. Visitors can get an insight into the milling process and the history of the Mill and its restoration. There are also trails for children to explore the mill as well as the chance to buy Stotfold Mill flour.

Housed in Old St Mary’s Church, the Heritage Centre houses a museum of the history of Woburn from its geological origins, through the centuries from Saxon times to the present day. Visit the centre and explore the museum and local area with fun family trails.