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Thursday, October 18, 2018



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.

Summer hours are Tuesday: 5pm – 7 pm, Thursday: 5pm – 7 pm, Friday: 5pm – 8pm, Saturday: 12pm – 8 pm. 

If you can’t make it during those hours please email for an appointment.

Admission is $5.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018



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.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018



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 ushabti’s 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.

Monday, October 15, 2018



"There are no curses or love spells done here," Slane says. "We are a place of educating people about the collection and the history, and also celebrating the First Amendment. 

That's a really important part of our mission because of the persecution that Wiccans have felt in the past. People get labeled because of their religion or culture, and we want to be a place where it's safe to talk about that."

Gardnerian witchcraft, she notes, follows a very "do no harm to others" mantra.

Most people, Slane says, are just happy they can see the museum's artifacts for themselves.

"We get a lot of people who are just really comfortable in here being surrounded by these things. We try to keep it pretty cozy. Some say 'I'm surrounded by my ancestors here.' They feel at home."


Sunday, October 14, 2018



While the curious are sure to pop into the museum on a whim, the Buckland continues to attract members of the pagan community from right here in Northeast Ohio. One reason, beyond the history: Its open and welcoming environment.

"All kinds of people come in here, and we hear a lot of them say, 'I don't tell people about my beliefs because I'm afraid of what they'll think," Slane says. "The space offers a non-dogmatic platform for them to express themselves." 

The Buckland has been so popular that they're hoping to expand to the back of the shop early next year.

It would give them an opportunity to host more events, from seances to book signings to lectures. 

But their first focus will always be bringing information to the public and fighting stigma.


Saturday, October 13, 2018



Aleister Crowley's trident wand, ceremonial bowl and oil lamp are among the most popular with tourists. 

Though he was more of a magician and writer than a witch, his name draws visitors regularly.

"There are Crowley scholars and fanatics everywhere," Slane says.

A small trinket sits on a lower cabinet shelf. The otherwise unsuspecting artifact reads "demon in a box." According to Buckland, he and a friend trapped a demon in 1970.

"Ray was always very serious about not opening it," Slane says. "He told us, 'People are going to offer you money. Don't do it.' Two days later, someone offered us $500."


Friday, October 12, 2018



"One thing about Ray is he never shied away from the kitsch," Slane says. "We love that. 

People are sometimes like, 'Why would you have a Lisa Simpson Kidrobot Blind Box?' 

I think Ray would say, yes, this is popular culture. It's relevant. 

What Lisa says about witches - 'Why is it when a woman is confident and powerful, they call her a witch?' - still holds true today." 

The museum is full of photos, books and personal belongings of Buckland, like his ceremonial robe he's often seen wearing in photos. 

Other pieces come from witchcraft landmarks, institutions and notable figures.