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Panacea Museum

9 Newnham Road, Bedford MK40 3NX, England
+44 1234 353178
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Fascinating

We were a party of four and had been recommended to view by friends. This is really worth an hour... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
JILL G
Assisting daughter with school project

Well lived in Bedford all my life and never visited. Very very interesting. Well worth a visit... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sarah B
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Discover the amazing story of the unique religious community who created their own Garden of Eden in the centre of Bedford.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good23%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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9 Newnham Road, Bedford MK40 3NX, England
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+44 1234 353178
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"beautiful garden"
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"introductory video"
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"fascinating insight"
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"information boards"
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"free entry"
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"victorian house"
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"interesting place to visit"
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"cup of tea"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were a party of four and had been recommended to view by friends. This is really worth an hour or so to ramble through the properties and enjoy refreshment in the cafe. A quirky museum much of its time early 1900's when so many...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well lived in Bedford all my life and never visited. Very very interesting. Well worth a visit. Free entry. Staff very informative.

Thank Sarah B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I expected a fusty, quirky, curious homespun museum based on some slightly weird new age philosophy, but found myself slightly on edge and a touch disturbed in a cult's headquarters. The volunteers, absolutely not cult members and as friendly and ordinary as you could get,...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Very interesting and unique museum with dedicated volunteers. Sat in the garden of Eden and had a pot of tea with my sister. Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed 11 April 2018

A really interesting museum that is well organised with very friendly staff and a lovely tearoom in the garden. I would definitely like to visit again. It would appeal to anyone who likes Victorian/Edwardian homes or anyone with an interest in nineteenth and twentienth century...More

Thank Kirsty H
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Reviewed 17 March 2018

This is a really excellent museum. It has a fascinating story to tell, and tells it very effectively. The staff are friendly and welcoming, and the introductory video sets the scene very well.

Thank Nigel A
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Reviewed 14 November 2017

Well organised, very interesting, friendly staff. Lovely place to relax and have a cup of tea and a slice of cake in the garden. Enjoyed some badminton on the lawn. The museum was very interesting and restored beautifully. Its closed now until next year but...More

Thank Laura B
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Reviewed 28 October 2017

Finally got to look round this place last week. The main problem is it's not open a lot. I concur with most of what the 4 or 5 star reviewers have already written. Fascinating and even the 10 year old with us found it interesting....More

Thank Bryan F
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Reviewed 13 October 2017

This has to be one of the oddest, interesting places and stories we have ever visited. We came upon it by accident, via a book which mentioned the "panacea" kind of cult. It's a great museum with visual audio movies to explain the place. Lots...More

Thank thwaiteman
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Reviewed 23 September 2017

This museum celebrates a dubious group who manipulated people into remaining unmarried, into preparing for the unlikely 3-day stay of 24 bishops in order to open a sealed box of prophesies left by an early nineteenth century founder. The atmosphere in the various buildings is...More

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