Museums & Art Galleries Bedfordshire

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Stondon Transport Museum
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Stondon Transport Museum
Take trip down Memory Lane, seeing bygone vehicles from the beginning of the century up to modern day classics, most of which originate from the largest private collection in the country plus more recent aquisitions making a total of over 350 exhibits. If you would like to find out just what classic vehicles of yesteryear we have in our...
Shuttleworth Collection
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Shuttleworth Collection
The Shuttleworth Collection home of the 'Edwardian Flying Machines'! The Shuttleworth Collection - a unique flying collection showcasing the first one hundred years of flight. The Collection is famous for its regular flying displays. During the season, all of the airworthy aircraft are flown in displays, alongside visiting aircraft from other...

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Bedford Museum
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Bedford Museum
With its emphasis clearly focused on the local community the Social History collections reflect both the home and working environments of the people of north Bedfordshire. The collections of some 20,000 items cover the wide range of domestic, corporate, military and agricultural life as well as local crafts and industries. The lives of earlier...
Cecil Higgins Art Gallery
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Cecil Higgins Art Gallery
The Cecil Higgins Art Gallery is set in an attractive location beside Castle Gardens and the River Ouse. The Victorian Mansion is a recreation of an 1880s home including the world-famous Gothic room containing works by William Burges There are changing exhibitions of watercolours, prints, drawings from the Gallery's collection which includes...
John Bunyan Museum
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John Bunyan Museum
The Bunyan Museum tells the story of this renowned author, pastor and preacher. Visitors to the museum are able to take a walk through Bunyan’s life and times. On entering the museum, visitors are greeted with a three-dimensional model of Bunyan towards the end of his life. Visitors are invited by Bunyan to...
De Grey Mausoleum, Flitton
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De Grey Mausoleum, Flitton
Among the largest sepulchral chapels attached to any English church, this cruciform mausoleum houses a remarkable sequence of 17 sculpted and effigied monuments, spanning nearly two and a half centuries (1614-1859), to the De Grey family of Wrest Park. Read more about the history of the mausoleum. Before You Go Opening Times: The mausoleum is...
Glenn Miller Museum
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Glenn Miller Museum
View the superb museum dedicated to Glenn Miller, an RAF room dedicated to the RAF personnel stationed at twinwoods and the gallery of wartime aviation art. During World War Two Glenn Miller was based at Milton Ernest Hall which is a couple of miles from The Twinwood Arena and airfield. It was at this Hall that Glenn gave performances with his...
Wardown Park Museum
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Wardown Park Museum
Discover displays, objects and old photographs about the history of Luton and its people as well as activities, events and exhibitions for all ages and interests     Free entry*     A good display of Luton history     A history of the development of Luton industries     Ever...
St Neots Museum
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St Neots Museum
Welcome to St Neots Museum website. We are a lively local museum telling the story of our busy market town on the River Ouse, from prehistoric times to the present day. Our displays tell our story with a fascinating selection of photographs, objects and hands-on activities. Admission: Adult £2 Children and concessions £1 Local...
Royston Cave
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Royston Cave
Royston Cave is unique in Europe. Believed to date from the 14th Century, it is a man-made cavern in the shape of a beehive, with a small aperture at the top for ventilation. It's most remarkable feature is an extensive range of wall carvings representing the Crucifixion, the Holy Family and several saints, among them St Katherine, St...
Royston Museum
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Royston Museum
Opening Times: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday 10 - 5 (last entry 4:45)   Facilities: The museum shop has a wide range of gifts and souvenirs as well as books and publications of local interest. Royston has a number of great cafes and restaurants for you to enjoy. Public toilets are located just along the road from the museum.  ...
Bromham Mill
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Bromham Mill
A restored water mill dating from the 17th century, set in 7 acres of water meadows. Within the mill buildings are a craft exhibit, art gallery, and a fascinating museum of waterways and milling. Visitors can indulge in activities including milling and baking bread, mask making, and a Teddy Bears Picnic. There was a mill on this site on the River...
Stockwood Discovery Centre
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Stockwood Discovery Centre
The Centre is designed with environmentally green and sustainable principles in mind. It tells the stories of real people behind the collections, exploring the history of the region from prehistoric times to the evolution of Stockwood House and the Farley estate. The display collections include: ...
Bletchley Park - Milton Keynes
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Bletchley Park - Milton Keynes
Bletchley Park is an estate located in the town of Bletchley, in Buckinghamshire, England, which currently houses the National Museum of Computing. During World War II, Bletchley Park was the site of the United Kingdom's main decryption establishment, the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS), where ciphers and codes of several Axis...
The National Museum of Computing
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The National Museum of Computing
The National Museum of Computing is located on the secret wartime codebreaking campus of Bletchley Park. You can see: a rebuild of Colossus, the world's first modern computer in action (used during World War II to crack Nazi codes); the WITCH, the world's oldest working digital computer (it's the size of a wall and flashes and clatters as...
Cromwell Museum
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Cromwell Museum
Oliver Cromwell is one of the most significant and controversial individuals in history. He was head of state of the first and only British republic, and remains to this day the only commoner ever to have been offered the Crown. He was born in Huntingdon in 1599, lived in the town for over half his life, and became its MP in 1628. The Cromwell...
Irchester Narrow Gauge Railway Museum
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Irchester Narrow Gauge Railway Museum
Irchester Narrow Gauge Railway Museum  is home to a collection of exhibits and industrial artifacts, which include, steam and diesel locomotives ,  a lifesize diorama of a quarry , along with many other interesting displays. Admission: Free Entry Membership: Adult £10 Child or senior £8 Family £20...
Milton Keynes Museum
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Milton Keynes Museum
The Museum is located in the peaceful surroundings of Stacey Hill Farm. Stacey Hill Farm was built early in the Victorian era as a model farm. It was located on the the outskirts of Wolverton, one of the UK's original "railway towns". Today the buildings overlook the "new city" of Milton Keynes but when they were built...
Mill Green Museum & Mill
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Mill Green Museum & Mill
This local history museum for the Welwyn Hatfield District is housed in what was for centuries the home of the millers who worked in the adjoining watermill. The watermill is fully restored and operational. It probably stands on the site of one of four Hatfield mills listed in the Domesday Book. You can watch milling of organic flour every week...
Imperial War Museum Duxford
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Imperial War Museum Duxford
'Imperial War Museum Duxford has to be the best museum ever.' Dan Snow, Heritage Magazine Opening times: Open daily except 24, 25 and 26 December. Summer 2011 (19 March 2011 to 29 October 2011) 10.00am - 6.00pm (Last admission 5.00pm) Winter 2011/2012 (30 October 2011 to 16 March 2012) 10.00am - 4.00pm...
Hertford Museum
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Hertford Museum
Hertford Museum aims to collect, preserve and interpret evidence of the history of the county town and surrounding parishes in the district of East Hertfordshire for the interest, enjoyment and understanding of the local community and other visitors. Since 1903 Hertford Museum has been a much loved local museum, with fascinating objects that tell...
Scotts Grotto
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Scotts Grotto
Scott's Grotto is a series of interconnected chambers, extending some 67ft into the chalk hillside. It is rumoured to have cost £10,000 and is thought to have taken 30 years to complete. The chambers and tunnels are lined with shells, flints and pieces of coloured glass, some donated by friends. On top of the hill above the tunnels there is...
Cambridge and County Folk Museum
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Cambridge and County Folk Museum
Housed in the former White House Inn, this is a warm-hearted, interactive museum displaying the everyday life of Cambridgeshire people. In addition to discovering more about our local heroes and legends, there is plenty to keep the family entertained. Come and find our mummified rat; marvel at the mole's paws; and be watchful of the witches...
Museum of Cambridge
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Museum of Cambridge
In the year of our 80th Anniversary, the Museum of Cambridge, together with partners and supporters, brings you the second Cambridge History Festival; a celebration including talks, walks and events. Admission: Adult £4 Concession £2 Children under 12 admitted free!   Opening Times: Tuesday to Saturday: 10.30am to 5pm...
University Museum of Zoology - Cambridge
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University Museum of Zoology - Cambridge
With its spectacular whale skeleton hanging over the entrance, the museum of Zoology is home to a huge variety of recent and fossil animals. With intricately beautiful shells, a comprehensive collection of British birds, and many large skeletons of mammals, the display trace the evolution of animal life. Admission free Opening hours Monday...
The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences - Cambridge
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The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences - Cambridge
A journey through the worlds history of: Ancient Life In this gallery we explore the distant origins of life on Earth, from the very first traces in muddy pools to the rapid development of marine life and the first land animals. Life in the Jurassic Seas In this part of the gallery we invite you to explore the ancient marine world, and...
Whipple Museum of the History of Science - Cambridge
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Whipple Museum of the History of Science - Cambridge
The Whipple Museum holds an internationally important collection of scientific instruments and models, dating from the Middle Ages to the present. Opening hours The Museum is open from 12:30-4:30pm from Monday-Friday . Admission is free and open to all.
The Fitzwilliam Museum
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The Fitzwilliam Museum
Our bicentenary is supported by our Business Partners: TTP Group plc, ACE Cultural Tours, Hewitsons LLP, Marshall of Cambridge, Rheebridge Ltd and Sotheby’s. Admission: Admission to the Museum's collections and to exhibitions is free. Visitors' donations help keep the galleries open and are much appreciated.   Opening Times:...
Verulamium Museum
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Verulamium Museum
The Museum of everyday life in Roman Britain. Verulamium Museum is on the site of one of the major cities in Roman Britain, now an attractive park. Inside you will find: recreated Roman rooms hands-on Discovery Areas video presentations touch screen databases some of the finest Roman mosaics and wall plasters outside the...
Wellingborough Museum
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Wellingborough Museum
The charity is called the Winifred Wharton Trust. It holds the lease on  the building called Dulley's Baths (because it was built as a swimming  pool in 1892). Admission: Free to visit.    Opening Times:  Monday to Saturday 10am to 4.30pm Closed Sundays. Open Bank Holiday Mondays.
The Henry Moore Foundation
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The Henry Moore Foundation
At Perry Green you will find Henry Moore’s former house and studios, as well as outdoor sculpture displays and galleries.  Opening times Sculpture grounds and house Tuesday to Friday 10am - 5pm (studios and gallery from 1pm) All open Saturday, Sunday, Bank Holiday Mondays 10am - 5pm Pre-booking is needed...
Centre for Computing History
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Centre for Computing History
The Centre for Computing History is an educational charity. Much more than a museum, it hosts hands-on exhibitions, learning workshops and a wide range of events. Most importantly, it makes the history of computing relevant and fun for all ages! Admission: The entry fee is £8 for adults and £6 for children between 5 and 16....
Natural History Museum at Tring
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Natural History Museum at Tring
Discover the fascinating range of animals collected by Lionel Walter Rothschild in our beautiful Victorian Museum. It is home to the world-class research and collections of the Natural History Museum's Bird Group Entry to the Museum is free! (A small charge is made for some events) Opening times Monday to Saturday ...
Cambridge Museum of Technology
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Cambridge Museum of Technology
Based in the original sewage pumping for Cambridge, the Museum of Technology exists to preserve and exhibit material that is relevant to the Cambridge area, either by its use or its invention. Our collections include: The pumping station's original equipment and other engines. A number of products manufactured by W.G. Pye of Cambridge....
The House on the Hill Toy Museum
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The House on the Hill Toy Museum
The owners and curators of the Toy Museum are father and son team, Alan and Jeremy Goldsmith.Alan’s history, as a rock ‘n’ roll promoter from the 1960’s to the present day, lends a unique understanding and experience of this particular field, as well as specialising in early tinplate toys.Jeremy, who was born in the...
Roald Dahl Children's Gallery - Aylesbury
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Roald Dahl Children's Gallery - Aylesbury
In the Roald Dahl children's gallery you can boggle your eyes and baffle your brain and let your imagination run wild! Discover inventions with Willy Wonka Investigate minibeasts inside the giant peach Crawl along Fantastic Mr Fox's tunnel See the Twits' upside down room Explore sounds with the BFG and lots lots more ...
Buckinghamshire County Museum - Aylesbury
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Buckinghamshire County Museum - Aylesbury
The County Museum was founded by the Bucks Archaeological Society in the mid 19thc and was operated by the County Council from 1957. In 2014 we started a new existence as the Bucks County Museum Trust which receives regular revenue support from the County Council and Milton Keynes City Council and is governed by an independent  Board of...
Sywell Aviation Museum
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Sywell Aviation Museum
Sywell Aviation Museum (SAM) is a voluntary, non-profit-making organisation which aims to preserve the history of Sywell Aerodrome and Northamptonshire's rich aviation heritage from the early days of aviation to the Second World War and beyond. SAM began life in 1998 and the Museum building was opened in 2001 by the legendary aviator Alex...
Abington Museum
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Abington Museum
It is an excellent place to visit if you are out with your family or if you are interesting in exploring things like the domestic life in the town, our costume collection or our displays about the Northamptonshire Regiment. Highlights are: The history of the Northamptonshire Regiment Northampton Life Rolling programme...
The Farmland Museum
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The Farmland Museum
At the Farmland Museum...     Discover farming through the ages and learn about the rural history of Cambridgeshire with objects displays and interactives for all ages.     Visit a village shop and see a magnificent 17th Century stone barn and the workshops, which include a basket maker and a blacksmith....
Farmland Museum and Denny Abbey - Cambridge
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Farmland Museum and Denny Abbey - Cambridge
A museum of Cambridgeshire farming and village life and an English Heritage 12th century Abbey in a beautiful rural setting. Visit our complete 1940s Farmworker's Cottage and Village Shop, the 17th century Grade II listed Threshing Barn and displays about crafts and occupations. Please see our website for details of prices, opening times and...
Northampton Museum and Art Gallery
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Northampton Museum and Art Gallery
A visit to Northampton Museum and Art Gallery will give you the opportunity to explore the amazing shoe collection recognised as a collection of national importance. You can also find out about the history of Northampton and see our excellent art and ceramics collection. Opening Times: Tuesday to Saturday 10am -...
Buckinghamshire Railway Centre
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Buckinghamshire Railway Centre
In 1968 the London Railway Preservation Society chose Quainton Road to establish its Centre. From modest early beginnings on a few metres of weed grown track the volunteer members of the renamed Quainton Railway Society have established the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre as one of the leading steam museums in the country - covering nearly 30 acres...
The Museum of Harlow
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The Museum of Harlow
The Museum is located in the former Mark Hall stables, linked with the Mark Hall Manor House – which had many distinguished occupants, dating back to the Norman Conquest. The great house was visited on three occasions by Queen Elizabeth 1 and her retinue. It is surrounded by the beautiful Walled Gardens which were originally the kitchen...

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Buckingham Old Gaol Museum
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Buckingham Old Gaol Museum
Located in the heart of historic market town of Buckingham, the iconic Old Gaol was built in 1748 in the style of a castle as a purpose built prison, with later additions in 1839 by the famous local architect George Gilbert Scott. It is one of the key visitor attractions of Buckingham with a museum, a tourist information centre, a gift shop,...
The Canal Museum
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The Canal Museum
Found in the heart of the beautiful village of Stoke Bruerne on the Grand Union Canal, The Canal Museum is a treasure trove of stories, films, collections and displays all about our waterways. The Canal Museum is housed in a historic corn mill, and provides a fascinating look at the history of Britain's canals. With a wide range of exhibits and a...

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Amersham Museum - Old Amersham
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Amersham Museum - Old Amersham
Amersham Museum tells the story of local events, places and people. Do you know about?     Amersham’s medieval martyrs     Wall paintings     Straw plait     Lace making     Sausage factory     Perfume makers To find out more come and see for...
Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre - Great Missenden
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Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre - Great Missenden
This great little family-friendly Museum has two fun and fact-packed biographical galleries and a fantabulous Story Centre. In Boy and Solo galleries, visitors can delve into Dahl’s archive on touch-screen monitors and learn about the events and experiences that shaped him as a writer. Get creative with plot, character and words in the Story...
Harrington Aviation Museum
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Harrington Aviation Museum
Housed in the original Group Operations Building on the site of USAAF Station 179, the CARPETBAGGER AVIATION MUSEUM offers a rare look at life on the top secret base of the 801st / 492nd American Eighth Air Force Bomb Group during World War II. Photographs, maps, exhibits and unique film footage describe the secret missions flown by Harrington...
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