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Panacea Museum

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Charmingly Bizarre and Very Entertaining

I have lived in Bedford all my life and before today I had never visited the Panacea Museum. I was... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2018
Hannah W
Weird but wonderful if you like that sort of thing

With two hours to kill in Bedford my hosts recommended the nearby Panacea Museum. It's an... read more

Reviewed 24 September 2018
Jonathan J
Oxford, England, United Kingdom
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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.
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9 Newnham Road, Bedford MK40 3NX, England
+44 1234 353178
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Reviewed 23 October 2018

A rambling building devoted to another prominent Bedfordian, Joanna Southcott,covering her preaching, predictions, and printouts of her daily divine inspiration, plus her seemingly innumerable non biological descendants, who continue to apparently inspire belief and credulity to the present day. We did like the Victorian rooms...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 19 October 2018

I have lived in Bedford all my life and before today I had never visited the Panacea Museum. I was gripped by the story of this religious community and the women who ran it, and I throuraghly enjoyed reading about the groups belifes. The women...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Hannah W
Reviewed 27 September 2018

I have been to this museum in Bedford twice this year and the second time was today. It is all about a real quirky religious sect led by Mabel Barltrop who adopted the name "Octavia". There is a lot of pictures with info attached and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 24 September 2018

With two hours to kill in Bedford my hosts recommended the nearby Panacea Museum. It's an extraordinary place celebrating an extraordinary group, the Panacea Society, a mlllenarian group founded to bring the prophecies of Joanna Southcott to the attentions of post great-war society, combining this...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 21 September 2018

All very interesting tho too much to read .there is a small t,room with a very pleasing yung lady ther are gardens where yoou can sit and watch the birds they have a box with sectets in it that cant be openened mmm odd

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank 141paul
Reviewed 1 September 2018 via mobile

Brilliant museum. Well laid out and presented. Lovely and well informed staff/volunteers. Great tea and cake in the garden. Well presented information about the Panacea society and similar groups. Made clear the eccentricities of this group in a respectful manner. Enjoyed by all our group...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Hertfordchilli
Reviewed 18 August 2018

The Panacea Museum is a place people must visit! Such an interesting piece of modern history, perfectly well presented. The information is easy to understand and clearly shown on boards and various video screens around the museum, covering different parts of the history of Panacea,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Domdomdomdom_13
Reviewed 16 August 2018 via mobile

My husband and I went there during our day out in town. It is a great museum, with friendly and always smiling staff. We learned a lot about this society, their people, beliefs and the origins of it all. The rooms are well lit, perfect...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank censsara
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

We have had this place on our to do list for a very long time & during the River Festival they opened the gardens for charity. The house itself is pure Victorian but it is very stuffy and I felt claustrophobic. A couple of the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Polly D
Reviewed 1 August 2018

Fascinating and well presented free museum. Spent a few hours here. Lovely gardens attached. Cant recommend highly enough, though probably not of interest to younger children, or anyone under the age of 15, 16

Date of experience: July 2018
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21 July 2018|
Response from Panacea M | Property representative |
Right across the road. About a minutes walk.