Buckland Museum of Witchcraft & Magick, Cleveland

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Raymond Buckland started The Buckland Museum of Witchcraft and Magick in 1966. After visiting the late Gerald Gardner and his collection on the Isle of Man, Raymond was inspired to start a collection of his own. While working for British Airways, he was able to acquire many of the artifacts in this collection from all around the world. He initially displayed his museum on a few shelves in the basement of his Long Island, N.Y. home. However, over time, Raymond’s witchcraft collection rapidly grew to well over 500 artifacts, ranging from Ancient Egyptian ushabtis to documented artifacts from the Salem Witch trials. This was the first museum of its kind in the United States with an anthropological approach to the world of folklore and the supernatural.

The museum was in existence for ten years in this New York location (1966-1976). During that time, it was featured in numerous magazine and newspaper articles and was the subject of a television documentary. The New York Times, New York Post, Newsday, Look Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Scholastic Voice, and many more, including foreign magazines, had featured articles about the museum. Raymond was also interviewed on a large number of radio stations and both national and international television. The Metropolitan Museum of Art requested and featured some of the pieces in one of its special exhibits.

In 1976, Raymond Buckland moved to New Hampshire where he opened the museum from 1977 to 1980. Unfortunately, because of a rigorous writing and lecture schedule, he then had to place the museum collection into storage, where it remained for a number of years.

The museum collection was briefly reestablished in New Orleans in 1999 where it passed through multiple hands before being salvaged by Rev. Velvet Reith. A bit damaged and somewhat reduced collection, Velvet was instrumental in preventing the collection from degrading further and being lost.

In July of 2015, the museum collection was relocated to Ohio. Currently it is on display in the newly founded Buckland Gallery of Witchcraft & Magick, inside of A Separate Reality Records in Cleveland's historic Tremont neighborhood.
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  • We enjoyed our visit to the small location, they informed us that a much larger location is being put together! Staff had lots of patients for us as we had the most obscure questions. Would love to re...  more »
  • Spent some time at the museum after wanting to visit since it opened. What a unique and interesting collection! The curator did a fabulous job of speaking to the history of the collection. If you have...  more »
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  • Went here on my birthday and loved it! I will be coming back as it had many interesting things to look at and a great shop for vintage books as well as books on the occult. I would highly recommend. While small, I feel as though I left with a big impression. Great for people looking for an interesting time or for those interested in witchcraft.
  • Great collection..worth a trip. though I wish the owner/ guide would respect Bucklands efforts and successes a bit more by not dumbing down his story so much. It wasn’t very informational and seemed hurried and cheapened. Raymond Buckland wrote many books and had a great family history-This tour felt like “ here’s my collection, Buckland was in it for something to do, any questions?” Maybe hire knowledgeable witches to lead tours ..add intrigue and more information.

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