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The Panacea Museum

The Panacea Museum

Discover the amazing story of the unique religious community who created their own Garden of Eden in the centre of Bedford. This museum tells the story of the Panacea Society – a remarkable religious community formed in Bedford in the early twentieth century. During the 1920s and 1930s, the community grew to over 70 resident members living in Bedford, with about 2000 members living elsewhere across the world. For 90 years, members of the Panacea Society quietly lived, worked, and worshipped God in their community. Over time, they took care to reveal little about themselves to outsiders. The Panacea Museum narrates the history of the Panacea Society story on two floors of ‘Castleside’ – a former community house. The Museum also incorporates several other buildings and gardens which formed the original Panacea community’s ‘campus’.

Opening Hours:

Thursday: 11:30am-03:00pm
First Saturday of the month from March to October.


  • Catering
  • Toilets


  • Disabled access
  • Disabled parking
  • Disabled toilets
  • Entrance flat / without steps
  • Guide dogs permitted