Cleveland October 06, 2017
Cleveland’s Museum Of Witchcraft Is Both Weird And Fascinating
Cleveland is home to a number of fantastic museums, and Clevelanders seem to be entranced by history. With a cityscape that complements storytelling, it is no wonder that the region houses many wonderful institutions that document history. One, however, is particularly bizarre and fantastic, and many Clevelanders do not even realize that it’s here. This museum is truly enchanting, and every Clevelander must check it out at least once:
Welcome to the Buckland Gallery of Witchcraft & Magick!
Located at 2155 Broadview Road, this museum is an unexpected sight in the city. Since July of 2015, this incredible collection has called the enchanting neighborhood of Tremont its home.
Its interior is lined with mystical treasures and artifacts.
In the 1960s, a man named Raymond Buckland found himself inspired by the "Father of Wicca," Gerald Gardner. Buckland brought Wicca to the shores of the United States, establishing a coven on Long Island. Gardner maintained an interesting collection of artifacts, a collection that intrigued Buckland and inspired him to begin his own collection in 1966. He began gathering items, which he displayed at his Long Island home. Over the years, the collection passed through different hands and was displayed at different locations across the country. The remnants of that collection have found their way back to Ohio (in which Buckland now resides), where they combine flawlessly with the Cleveland art scene.
The Buckland Gallery spins an enchanting tale.
The museum captures the wonders of witchcraft and magick, which is actually a term used to distinguish energy from stage magic used by magicians. The gallery contains an unusual collection, ranging from fascinating artifacts to mystical modern treasures.
Once upon a time, this collection was very famous.
Buckland's collection attracted reporters from publications like The New York Times, New York Post, Newsday, Cosmopolitan, and Esquire.
Some very famous people have interacted with pieces of the collection.
This oil lamp was once in the possession of Occultist Aleister Crowley.
And one very famous kitty cat checked it out, too.
The Internet's most adorable celebrity, Lil Bub, requires special care, as she was born with many genetic anomalies. She has extreme dwarfism and will remain a "perma-kitten." Her lower jaw is smaller than the top, so her tongue permanently hangs out. She also has a few extra toes! She fundraises for animals in need, and during her last visit to Cleveland, she swung by the museum to gaze into the crystal ball of Sybil Leek.
As you enter, you will encounter a huge quantity of wonderful weirdness.
Bewitching figurines, artistic wonders, and even a boxed demon can be found within this eclectic museum.
Plan a trip today and prepare to be amazed by this quirky Cleveland attraction.
The gallery is open Tuesday and Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., and weekends from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 per person.
And there is truly no better time to visit than in the month of October!
Visit the Buckland Museum at Address: 2155 Broadview Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44109
Cleveland itself is an eclectic city, growing thanks to the influence of many different cultures. The culture that the city now embraces is artistic, quirky, and even surprising, but there truly is no better place to be.
For other amazing attractions in Cleveland, check out our
list of must-see museums.