The Museum Of Witchcraft And Magic

The Museum Of Witchcraft And Magic

The Museum Of Witchcraft And Magic
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic houses one of the world's largest collections of items relating to witchcraft, the occult and magic, with over 3000 objects. It has been in the picturesque Cornish coastal village of Boscastle since 1960 and is one of Cornwall's most popular museums rated highly on TripAdvisor. The Museum intrigues visitors with its collections of charms, curses, herbs and healing and sea witchcraft. Some of our most popular items are magical tools such as athames, wands and other Wiccan items, objects which were used for scrying such as black mirrors and crystal balls and our collection of protection talismans made by soldiers in the trenches of WWI. The Museum also has an extensive library with other 7000 books and an archive of documents which can be viewed online or visited by appointment. Food, drinks and dogs are NOT allowed in the museum.
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  • donnafox88
    Gloucestershire, United Kingdom41 contributions
    An absolute must if you're in the area
    We visited this museum as a couple holidaying near Tintagel and i'm so glad we did! Some very fascinating things on display, all with written descriptions. You really get a feel for how these items would have been used. The museum is set in a magical setting, we visited the local cafe, and walked up to the watch tower near by. You really do feel the magic atmosphere here. The museum itself is only small, but there is so much to learn and see. Well set up and organised, and a lovely little souvenir shop near the end. Even if this museum isn't really your thing, but you're in the area, i'd definitely recommend a visit, it's well worth the money.
    Visited July 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 March 2023
  • Chris B
    Crawley, United Kingdom13 contributions
    Well worth a few hours of your time!
    Not scary, but totally fascinating and absorbing. You come away with the impression that witches were much maligned and misunderstood (I have a friend who is a practicing witch!). Very well laid out and labelled , and not cramped. I went when it was quiet, so had plenty of time to wander, read all the descriptions and absorb the atmosphere.. Some very interesting items on display, quite a lot from relatively recent times. Small but good gift shop area. Friendly and helpful staff. Well worth a visit, and very good value for money (I paid £7) and stay as long as you want. Highly recommended.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 April 2023
  • Opheliamom
    Salem, Massachusetts3 contributions
    Wonderful experience.
    The exhibit’s were so well curated. The staff were absolutely amazing. And knowing that we were from the states, they took extra time to help us around the town. We would highly recommend this to anyone who is in the area, even if you don’t have any knowledge of witchcraft.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 April 2023
  • Guide718093
    3 contributions
    Definitely recommend!
    Very interesting little museum with lots of information on witchcraft. There were lots of artefacts to look at and lots of information to read, so it was very easy to spend a while in the museum despite it only being small. Information was presented sensitively and respectfully, and there was even a small area for spiritual contemplation. For only £7 per person you can’t really go wrong!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 July 2023
  • marcin m
    76 contributions
    Surely not another trite touristy museum!
    It's not easy to avoid cliches and banality while running this kind of attraction but in this little Boscastle museum you get the feeling of seriousness - even if some of the exhibits seem to be out of this world. Everything is a bit cramped and you may feel claustrophobic but it only compounds the suffocating atmosphere which is crucial to experience this place. No matter how open-minded you are, you should find this place surely interesting.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 20 July 2023
  • Laura H
    13 contributions
    Fascinating and respectful
    We enjoyed visiting the museum and the owners were very helpful In assisting me to access the upstairs due to my mobility difficulties. There is a range of objects here from a variety of paths of witchcraft and lots of educational information. I was happy to see doreen valiente honored and herbal magick showcased.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 July 2023
  • amberfrances92
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom86 contributions
    Little quirky museum in Boscastle
    Small museum in the delightful backdrop of Boscastle. The museum and exhibits are well labelled if perhaps appear slightly dated. The museum also had a strong odour when we visited-perhaps incense? Or maybe it was the exhibits themselves. Not a lot of windows in the museum and the rooms are quite small. Takes about 20mins to go through.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 August 2023
  • markbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb
    Dronfield, United Kingdom7 contributions
    A fabulous and interesting place
    So many interesting objects! Lots of information and things to read about ( so much so that we took photos to read later as we were in a bit of a rush !) We live in Launceston so was especially interested in the black knotted ribbons which were found around a house in Launceston! Great value for money and helpful staff too.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 August 2023
  • aleta1111
    Ringwood, United Kingdom14 contributions
    Staff very helpful for disabled visitors
    Really fascinating museum in an old cottage. Loads to see but did have to queue/walk slowly once we were in there to get round. I use a wheelchair with someone to push it and the staff couldn’t have been more helpful even bringing a chair for me upstairs in case I needed to sit down. I can transfer in and out of my chair so was able to access the upstairs with a manual stair lift but this is not that easy as the staircase is very narrow. You need to be able to work the lift yourself holding a button down. Would definitely recommend as a really unique interesting place to visit.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 August 2023
  • Gilly360
    Durham, United Kingdom37 contributions
    Genuinely scary but too crowded.
    Fantastic, fascinating little museum of the occult. Huge range of carefully chosen exhibits. Discretion rightly advised for under 16s. Some of the content is adult (still wished I'd bought a replica 'mushroom' sculpture). I was genuinely frightened by many objects- not for those of nervous disposition and the building felt very creepy! I'd have liked to spent more than an hour looking for closely. The only fault that it was a small building and felt that the museum should limit the number of visitors to reduce crowding.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 October 2023
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Devon S
Devon, UK8 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Amazing place with so many artefacts you could spend the whole day in here easily if you read every articles description. So fascinating and well put together we will be back again and again. I'm shocked by some of the negative views but I guess If you're the sort of person that expects the entertainment to be all singing and dancing and force fed to you its prob not the place for you. Maybe better suited to Alton towers!
Written 26 November 2023
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Mobile473699
2 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Really good independent museum with some very unusual and interesting items. Friendly staff, lovely location.
Written 3 November 2023
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Loncat
Cwmbran, UK523 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Visited here whilst working n holiday in the area, and it was the day before Halloween. It’s a lovely little walk from the car park down the riverbank, to find the museum tucked away behind the National Trust cafe.

The museum looks like nothing from outside. It’s tiny. But inside it has a couple of floors with lots of exhibits. Plenty to read and see.

Down points for me is that it’s quite claustrophobic, especially if it’s busy. I had to leave quickly when it got cramped. There was a strong smell of incense/patchouli oil that overwhelmed me and made my head spin.

It’s a nice little distraction for 45 minutes or so. Wouldn’t make a trip just for it, but Boscastle is lovely if you come for the day.
Written 3 November 2023
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Jessica
Chesterfield, UK129 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
As always an honest review...
So we came here this week as part of a trip out and exploring the local area. I have to be honest.. we were disappointed, for the price we paid to the interest and quality.
Cornwall is known for so many myth and legends, and was hoping that the museum really reflected this with some fun and appeal - especially for children, something interactive. However, it was quite lacking and seemed more like a lot of knick knacks that didn't really have the magic charm unfortunately.
Written 31 October 2023
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Amy L W
18 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Having wanted to visit for many years i finally got there and wasn't disappointed. It was lovely to look around and very informative with everything labelled. So much to see whilst walking around. wide range of things linked to lots of different areas of witchcraft and magic. Was quite when we visited and we had time to walk around.
Written 17 October 2023
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justjaco
Torquay, UK20 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
I love the museum. I visit for my birthday every year. Thanks so much for your preservation of precious artefacts and for keeping the entry prices reasonable. See you next year.

Know thyself ✌️
Written 11 October 2023
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Gilly360
Durham, UK37 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Fantastic, fascinating little museum of the occult. Huge range of carefully chosen exhibits. Discretion rightly advised for under 16s. Some of the content is adult (still wished I'd bought a replica 'mushroom' sculpture). I was genuinely frightened by many objects- not for those of nervous disposition and the building felt very creepy! I'd have liked to spent more than an hour looking for closely. The only fault that it was a small building and felt that the museum should limit the number of visitors to reduce crowding.
Written 2 October 2023
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Maxine F
York, UK50 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Fascinating little museum in a lovely setting. Some very interesting items if that is your thing but not wheelchair friendly as it’s on 2 floors
Written 22 September 2023
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Grace O'Malley
19 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
Worth a visit if you are in Boscastle. Not interesting to young children but lots of things for adults to read and enjoy. Only took us about 30 minutes to go through it all. Not pushchair or wheelchair friendly.
Written 8 September 2023
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Dylan g
3 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
I was looking forward to going to the museum of witchcraft but all I saw was a painted doll and dead cat . I felt disappointed and I felt it was a waste of a day ,I didn’t bother taking any photos
Written 3 September 2023
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The Museum Of Witchcraft And Magic is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00