"Museum of Witchcraft" Cornwall Things to Do Tip by tvor
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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.
Address: The Harbour, Boscastle
Directions: On the harbour in one of the small buildings past the visitor centre
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