19 October 2019—28 February 2021

Do you believe in magic?

Magic is a fundamental part of the human experience which crosses time and cultures.

Our major winter exhibition, Do you believe in magic?  features over 200 fascinating objects and stories that reveal how magic has been used to heal, hunt and harm across the world.

We will introduce you to the lives of those who practise it, the objects that embody it and the beings that exist between the natural and the supernatural.

From ancient uses of witchcraft, to belief in the power of gods and ancestors, this exhibition explores the complex intersection between magic, science and religion.

Extraordinary artefacts have been carefully selected from our collections including European works of art, North American shamanic artefacts, magical animals, delicately preserved plants, beautiful clothing and spiritual figurines.

From Ancient Egyptian amulets and Mexican charms promising protection, to items collected from the altar of a practising witch, Do you believe in magic? uncovers new ways of understanding worlds beyond our own.

This exhibition is open to everyone but most suited to people aged 14+.


Bristol Museum & Art Gallery would like to thank exhibition sponsor: InsideAsia Tours

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Additional information

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery opening times:
Tue-Sun: 10am-5pm
Closed Mondays except Bank Holiday Mondays and Mondays during Bristol school holidays: 10am-5pm