About the Museum
Raymond Buckland founded 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. 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). 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.
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, where it now being restored in the Buckland Museum.
The Buckland Museum has been reborn in Cleveland, Ohio. Featuring artifacts from the original collection, the museum’s mission is to display the tools and imagery of Witchcraft & Magick, while celebrating the First Amendment and the power of outsider art.
Along with the artifacts on display, we have a gift shop with Buckland Gallery themed t-shirts, buttons, and totes, as well as new and used books on the occult, magick, and paranormal.
The Buckland collection includes artifacts from Raymond Buckland, Gerald Gardner, Aiden Breac, Lady Rowan, Aleister Crowley, Sybil Leek, Anton LaVey, Israel Regardie, Christopher Penczak, Stewart Farrar, Janet Farrar, Scott Cunningham, and many other leaders of the pagan community.
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Public Transit and Parking
For those who are driving, parking is available behind the museum and nearby. Bus transit is also available.
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