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If you would like to investigate magical, ritual and mythologically symbolic artefacts further, then visits to the museums and collections listed here are to be recommended. This list is not definitive and will be added to. You may also be surprised at what is to be discovered at your local museum too!

Magical Museums/Collections

The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic

Boscastle, Cornwall

The pre-eminent magical museum in the country, MWM has an outstanding collection of witchcraft and magical artefacts, together with an important library.

GWITHTI AN PYSTRI A cabinet of folklore and magic

Falmouth, Cornwall
Also in Cornwall, Steve Patterson's now permanent exhibition!

The Doreen Valiente Foundation

Brighton, East Sussex
The Doreen Valiente Collection is shown in temporary exhibitions from time to time.

Bristol Museum

Special exhibition
Do you believe in magic? A major exhibition that ran from 19th October 2019 to 28th February 2021."Magic is a fundamental part of the human experience which crosses time and cultures." Sounds good!

Other Museums with Magical Collections

The Wellcome Collection


The important medical museum is home to part of the Edward Lovett collection of charms, amulets and talismans.

The Cuming Museum

Southwark, London

The museum has important world cultures collections ,as well as being home to part of the Edward Lovett collection of charms, amulets and talismans (although these are classified as "superstitions"). Unfortunately it is closed whilst the building is restored following a serious fire in 2013, but is expected to reopen in 2019. Some of the collection can be viewed on the web-site however.

The Pitt Rivers Museum


One of the top archaeological and world cultures museums in the country, the Pitt Rivers has an extensive colection of amulets and charms from around the world, including the collection of Adrien de Mortillet and another part of that gathered by Edward Lovett.

Scarborough Museums

Scarborough, North Yorkshire

The Scarborough Museums Trust is home to the important Clarke collection of charms and amulets, although they are not on permananent display.

The British Museum


Home to an outstanding collection from around the world, from ancient Egypt to modern Japan, the BM also houses iconic British objects, including the Sutton Hoo treasure, Dr. John Dee's scrying equipment, and the Grimes Graves Chalk Goddess.

The Library and Museum of Freemasonry


Although the extent to which freemasonry is related to magic is debated, some of the higher orders are in the area of ceremonial magic and the developmental mysteries are both inspired by ancient practice and in turn a foundation and inspiration to modern magical orders, such as the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, as well as Wicca. The museum is home to an extensive collection of all things related to freemasonry and sub-masonic fraternal societies.

The Lady Lever Art Gallery

Port Sunlight, Wirral, Merseyside

Housing an outstanding collection of art, including some powerful mythologically themed paintings, the Lady Lever also has an important collection of Masonic regalia. Part of National Museums Liverpool.

Museums in East Anglia

The Bellarmine Museum

Swaffham, Norfolk

A private museum dedicated to German stoneware, including examples of so-called witch bottles. Open by appointment only.

Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology


Home to wonderful displays of world cultures and British archaeology, from Star Carr to Saami shaman drums.

The Museum of Cambridge


The museum has an important collection of local folklore and folk magic.

Norfolk Museums Collections On-line Database


Objects from across Norfolk Museums Service's collections.

Time and Tide Museum of Great Yarmouth Life

Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

The museum has an important collection of world cultures material, particularly from British Columbia.

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

Beetley, Norfolk

The museum has an important collection related to rural life, including folklore.

Lynn Museum

King's Lynn, Norfolk

The museum has an important collection of medieval pilgrim badges and, controversially, the Seahenge timbers.

Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

Norwich, Norfolk

The museum has important collections of British, Romano-British, Anglo-Saxon and Medieval archaeology, Egyptology and decorative arts, with stunning temporary exhibitions.

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Norwich, Norfolk

A stunning world cultures collection complimented by powerful art exhibitions. The SCVA is also partof the Sainsbury Institute for Art, with important research and museological interests across the world.

The South Asia Collection

Norwich, Norfolk

A wonderful collection of material from South Asia, covering all of life.

Ipswich Museum

Ipswich, Suffolk

Local and world cultures collections.

Sutton Hoo

Near Melton, Suffolk

The burial ground of the East Anglian kings, with an impressive exhbition centre.

West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village

Near Icklingham, Suffolk

A reconstructed Anglo-Saxon village with a museum of the archaeological finds.

Moyse's Hall Museum

Bury St. Edmund's, Suffolk

The history of Bury, including the story of St. Edmund, and in particular a display of ritual deposits from buildings and a 17th-century poppet.

Colchester Castle Museum

Colchester, Essex

The museum has important archaeological material, especially from the Romano-British era.

Other Museums with Important Archaeological and/or World Cultures (Ethnographic/Anthropological) Collections

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery


The Roman Baths Museum


The Horniman Museum

Forest Hill, London

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology


Manchester Museum


Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery

Exeter, Devon

World Museum


National Museum of Scotland


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