Museum of Witchcraft and Magic
The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Boscastle, Cornwall, houses the world's largest collection of witchcraft related artefacts and regalia. The museum has been located in Boscastle for fifty years and is amongst Cornwall's most popular museums.
These 16th century bottles were filled with magical ingredients such as pins, salt and urine, and were used to turn a curse back on to the witch, or as general protection against enemies.
Glass Spirit Bottles
Spirit bottles are where magical practitioners house their familiars and spirits that have crossed over from the other world. They are designed to be as complicated as possible to keep the spirit trapped and entertained!
Cecil Williamson, the museum’s founder, wrote of this skull, “This iron strapped human skull, secure on its star shaped stand, has been with me for over forty years. It came from a witch or wise woman living in the North Bovey area, and she kept ‘her friend’, as she called this relic, in a secret place upon Easdon Tor.”
First World War charm
This lucky cat charm was made by a soldier in the trenches during World War I.
Bees in a bag
Three bumble bees put in a bag and hung up in a house in Dawlish – a charm to bring prosperity.
Admission & prices
Open every day until October 31st 2015
Monday to Saturday
10.30am - 6pm (last admission 5.30)
11.30am till 6pm (last admission 5.30)
Entrance charges (2014):
£5 - adults
£4 - children (children under 5 are free)
£4 - elders
£16 - family ticket (2 adults, 2 children)
£20 - large family ticket (2 adults, 3 or more children)
Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome in the Museum
A 5 min flat walk towards the harbour from the Boscastle village car park
The Museum has an amazing picture hanging in its entrance for visitors to enjoy when we re-open on April 1st (thanks to Simon Costin, the Museum Director!) – an original art collage by esteemed artist Mark Hearld......
Last March, Peter and Judith Hewitt (co-managers of the Museum) delivered a brief talk at the Cornwall Association of Local Historian’s AGM in Newquay......
The Museum is a 5 minute, flat walk from the village car park. Access for wheelchair users has been improved but the museum is an old building on two levels so a stair lift has been fitted (not a chair lift). Those who cannot access the upper floor may view the lower galleries free of charge.
A large print guide is available.
T: 01840 250111
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