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“A facinating little museum that I return to time and time again!”

The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic
Ranked #2 of 10 things to do in Boscastle
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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, a wise woman's cottage, a herb garden and a shrine it is a memorable place. It has been in the picturesque Cornish coastal village of Boscastle since 1961 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 glass knitting needles, objects which were used for scrying such as black mirrors, crystals and crystal balls and our collection of protection talismans made by soldiers in the trenches of World War One. 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.
Clevedon, United Kingdom
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“A facinating little museum that I return to time and time again!”
Reviewed 8 June 2011

Ive visited this little museum many times and always seem to find somthing I hadnt noticed before. my kids love it to, although, I guess some of the exhibets may not suit some of the smaller kids. very freindly staff and GREAT value for money. A must for anyone visiting Boscastle.

Visited May 2011
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“Weird, wonderful and an excellent small museum”
Reviewed 5 June 2011

The Museum of Witchcraft in the seaside fishing village of Boscastle tells the story of how witches and witchcraft has been perceived over centuries. There are loads of items, documents and photos relating to witchcraft, magic, curses, cures and other regalia with an emphasis on the English and Cornish. It used to be on the Isle of Man but has been in a little building nestled on the shore of the harbour at Boscastle in Cornwall for 50 years. There are some very interesting items here but also some disturbing ones so it's not for everyone.

there was a lot of damage during the floods of 2004 but the upstairs and library were not touched. The majority of the displays were able to be saved and restored, however, and the museum reopened in

Traditionally, witches and witchcraft has had a very negative connotation though these days, it's more often related to the religion of Wicca and is a bit more accepted though the owners of this museum still receive death threats on occasion!

It shows many different images and stereotypes, myths and beliefs of and about witches through history along with related items such as talismans against curses, and mandrake root carvings. There are stories of the torture people accused of being witches were subjected to, especially in the 16th and 17th centuries, famous for witch trials.

The museum explores all aspects, good, bad and stereotype and was very interesting! It's a small museum but it's packed with things to read and look at including a large Book of Daemonolgie written by King James I. There are crystal balls, tarot, ouija boards, skulls, horned "devils", goddesses, sea witchery, spells, and charms.

They are open between Easter and Halloween. It costs £4 per adult. The museum is on two levels with a stair lift to the second floor but it doesn't accomodate a chair. The lower ground level is flat and if you are unable to go to the second level, they may let you see the ground floor displays for free. There is a small selection of gifts and souvenirs available at the entrance.

Graham said it was one of the coolest museums he'd ever seen and he even bought a t-shirt with a pentagram (five pointed star) on it.

Visited May 2011
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London
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“A totally unique experience in the most beautiful of seaside towns”
Reviewed 3 June 2011

I've been meaning to visit Boscastle for ages, but it really is quite a trek from London. I visited during a very lovely weekend away at nearby Hotel Endsleigh, and I really wished I'd made the effort before. And stayed longer than I did. The seaside town itself is incredible picturesque... and the Museum is the highlight. There are predictably sinister elements (petrified cats, a preserved head and an amazing skull set into a red iron cage, on a red iron star, intended to communicate with the dead), as well as profiles and objects from the likes of Aleister Crowley and the artist Austin Osman Spare. Many of the objects are rich and beautiful in themselves, connotations aside. The black scrying mirror, with a brightly coloured, very ornate wooden frame is unsettling, but lovely. The Museum is hugely entertaining but also immensely educational. This part of the country seems to have a rich heritage of witchcraft, and this old building is the perfect HQ for an exhibition - very atmospheric. The drive may be long, but it's well worth going... and as I say, the town itself is so beautiful, that I'd like to go back and stay there for a long weekend. Oh, and the gift shop is quite cool too - although they'd sold out of the black leather pentagram embossed blank spell books when I visited (I'd seen them on the website and was rather taken with them!).

Visited May 2011
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Sussex, UK
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“Fantastic collection in a stunning setting”
Reviewed 1 June 2011

This is a fascinating museum, with a huge collection of intriguing objects. There is always something to attract the eye: be it an important collection of rare 'poppets' to the 'hag-stones' you can find on any beach. There is a strong personal touch here which is missing from the larger museums and I would recommend a trip to anyone with an interest in cultural history. Visit a world-class collection in a beautiful setting and come away with many tales to tell of objects both strange and familiar: Just go!

Visited May 2011
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“If you see one thing in Cornwall....”
Reviewed 31 May 2011

This was the highlight of my trip to Cornwall. I hadn't known about the Museum before and was not expecting anything cultural in this beautiful quiet backwater - so it was a real unexpected delight to find it. Really well laid out, fascinating exhibits and very interesting descriptive panels make everything come to life by putting the objects and artefacts in context.

Visited March 2011
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