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The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic

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Address: | The Harbour, Boscastle PL35 0HD, England
Phone Number: +44 1840 250111
10:30 - 18:00
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Sun 11:30 - 18:00
Mon - Sat 10:30 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic houses one of the world's largest...

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.

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This was my second visit to this museum and it was just as good. There are all manner of the history of the genre and it looks at it in a very unprejudiced presentation. It's... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Linda C
Longwood, Florida
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Longwood, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was my second visit to this museum and it was just as good. There are all manner of the history of the genre and it looks at it in a very unprejudiced presentation. It's fun too. Also when you're looking at exhibits there are often drawers underneath, and these include additional information....there is a lot of items here...it is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fascinating & objective overview of the history of witchcraft that covers the truth, the legends, the misconceptions & the popular interpretations of this often misunderstood group of people over a two floor museum. Located in the quaint harbor village of Boscastle, Cornwall, not at all far from the National Trust Visitor Center, which itself is worth a visit, the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I run a paranormal and anomaly group of consultants in Canada and I am a working Kenning Medium. I've had dreams of this place leading up to our visit. I was not disappointed! After the flood, I was worried a lot of the items would be damaged but they informed me it took 2 years to rebuild... More 

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JohnDee-13, Owner at The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, responded to this review

Dear Kiki, Many thanks for such a heartfelt review and we are delighted that you enjoyed your time in Boscastle and at the museum. We look forward to welcoming you back next year! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Museum of witchcraft and magic; clearly maintained by a team with passion and enthusiasm. Some beautiful items, some interesting artifacts, some preserved cats, some downright creepy superstitious stuff and a great deal of folklore, some of it of dubious origin! There's things which might scare younger ones...and in places it's heavy on the text - but absolutely worth a visit,... More 

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Wadebridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

my partner and I visited this museum on a sunday, I was a bit dubious as I don't really believe in witchcraft. I have to say that I found it extremely interesting and unusual. Well worth the admission price and we spent nearly a couple of hours there , I have lived in Cornwall for about 30 years and its... More 

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Camberley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Visited here one afternoon with my teenage son - as a way to fill a couple of hours! This museum is in a lovely setting in the harbour and looks tiny from the outside. It is quite deceptive as the inside is much bigger and full of little rooms with different themes. The themes are really clear, appear to be... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

We spent a hour or so at this tiny musuem in Boscastle. It is extremely interesting and even my two children found it fascinating (could have also been the lack of wifi and phone service that rendered them with nothing else to do though!) Good value and worth a visit

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

We visited last week with 2 children ages 12 and 6. Our 12 year old found it interesting and managed to point out all the rude words and pictures haha which there is a few! Our 6 year old didn't get that much out of it to be honest as there is a lot of reading and some things a... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Love it here although I must come alone one day to read and absorb all of the information! We visited on the All Hallows' Gathering. Absolutely cracking celebration that fitted in so well with atmosphere of Boscastle and of course the Witch museum. Brilliant!

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Havelock North, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Visited Boscastle after being in Tintagel at the Castle. Went to the Museum as it seemed to me to be something out of the ordinary. I enjoyed all the history - there was some tacky modern stuff and it's a tight squeeze when there's lots of people. The first part was the best as it was more history than anything.... More 

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