List of magic museums

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There are more than two dozen notable museums concerning illusionary magic and its associated magicians and magical apparatus, and all but two are publicly accessible.

Permanent museums[edit]

North America[edit]

Outside North America[edit]

  • The House of Houdini is a museum and performance venue located at 11, Dísz square in the Buda Castle in Budapest, Hungary, which claims to possess the largest Houdini collection in Europe. It should not be confused with the various houses owned by Houdini. In 1919 Houdini rented the cottage[B] at 2435 Laurel Canyon Boulevard in Los Angeles, while making movies for Lasky Pictures. His wife occupied it for a time after his death. As of 2011 the site of the cottage was a vacant lot and up for sale.[5] The main mansion building itself was rebuilt after it was destroyed in the 1959 Laurel Canyon fire, and is now a historic venue and called The Mansion.[19][20] While Houdini did not likely live at the "mansion," there is some probability that his widow did.[21]
  • Blois's La Maison de la Magie Robert-Houdin (the house of Magician Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin) fronting on the Royal Château de Blois, 1, Place du Château Blois 41000 “The museum displays automatons from the XIX century."[22] As a museum of France and bearing the official label of "Musée de France", it is the only public museum in Europe which incorporates in one place collections of magic and a site for permanent performing arts.[23][24]
  • College of Magic has its Magical Arts Centre in Cape Town, South Africa It is currently resident in its own premises situated on Lansdowne Road in Claremont Cape Town. These premises were officially opened as the "Magical Arts Centre" (MAC) on 24 February 1995 by the then Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology. It houses an extensive collection of stage illusions, magical props and costumes.
  • Magic Circle Museum, at the Centre for the Magic Arts, the Headquarters of The Magic Circle, 12 Stephenson Way London NW1 2HD, United Kingdom[25]
  • Davenport's Magic Kingdom in Norfolk, England, houses an exhibition on the history of magic as well as a live conjuring show and a recreated sideshow act.[26]
  • Musée de la Magie in Paris, France is underneath the 16th century house of the Marquis de Sade with exhibits in the cellars.[27][28][29]
  • King of Magic Museum . Carrer Jonqueres, 15 08003, Barcelona, Spain. An extension of a shop that opened in 1881, exhibits include pictures and memorabilia associated with illusionists, including Carlston, Fu-Li-Chang, and Horace Goldin.[30]
  • Magic Castle (Sofia) in Sofia, Bulgaria, opening May, 2014.[31]
  • Magic Museum, Fruška Gora National Park, Serbia, containing "the largest collection in the Balkans on the history of magic art."[32]
  • Museo Fournier de Naipes, Calle Cuchillería 54, 01001 Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
  • Museo del Naipe, Carrer de l'Hospital, 1, 12594 Oropesa del Mar, Spain
  • Museo della Magia, Cherasco (CN), Italy[33][34]
  • Museo Nazionale della Magia, Cagliari, Italy[35]
  • Musée de la Curiosité et de l'Insolite, 39 Beaumont, 06100 Nice, France[36]
  • Museu de Arte Mágica e Ilusionismo João Peixoto dos Santos (João Peixoto dos Santos Magical Arts and Illusionism Museum), Rua Silva Bueno 519 (conjunto 42), Ipiranga, BrasiSão Paulo 04208-050, Brazil.[37]
  • Museum for Magic and Illusions is at Rue de Namur 49 5380 PONTILLAS (FERNELMONT) Brussels, Belgium.[38]
  • Norwegian Museum of Magic founded in 1997 as the "Norwegian Magician Archives", concentrating on Norwegian magicians. Oslo, Norway.[39]
  • Rossy Magic Museum, in the Balkans. Founded in 2001, it features the collection of "the late great magician and collector Dezider Repovic." It includes 20.000 articles, 3.000 magic and magician books, including the first Serbian language book about magic. Svetozar F. Ognjanovic, Novi Sad. Magician.[40]
  • Sveriges Magi-Arkiv is run by magician Christer Nilsson (stage name Christer el Ricco) in Nyköping, Sweden, and is the county's only magic museum.[41]
  • Teatro Museo El Rei de la Màgia, Carrer de les Jonqueres , 15 08003 Barcelona, Spain[42] The King of Magic Museum is one of the oldest establishments in the world dedicated exclusively to sale, manufacture and teaching of illusions. In 1881 it was opened by Partagas Catalan Joaquim. In celebration of its 130th anniversary, it expanded to include a theater museum dedicated to the art of sleight of hand and the study and dissemination of illusionism. History and art, nineteenth century ephemera including hand games, posters, photographs of premier magicians, books, pictures, etc. are exhibited. Exhibitions illustrate the history, evolution of magic and its influence on Spain long before "the arrival of Harry Potter to our lives." Magic shows will include important illusionists such as Micky Conesa and Xavier Giro , winner of the 2010 Merlin Award (The ' Oscar of Magic ) .[43]
  • Zauberkasten-Museum Schönbrunner Straße 262, Im Hofe, Wien 12, nebst dem Schloß Schönbrunn, Vienna, Austria. The largest magic set collection in the world, with nearly 3000 different magic sets, all from the collections of Manfred Klaghofer. Some sets date back to the 19th century. The museum is a work-in-progress, stemming from his first collection in the 1995, and he continues to acquire new sets (some costing thousands of dollars) at the rate of two or three per week. He is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.[44][45][46]
  • Casa Museo de la Magia from "Magics Bufons". Located in Polinyà de Xuquer, Valencia, Spain. It exposes a lot of posters, magic objects and other curiosities, as two pairs of "dressed fleas" or the Venus de Milo carved from a grain of rice. It has two small theaters of magic, which all offer weekend shows. They also have a magic shop.[47][48]

Closed museums[edit]

Temporary exhibitions[edit]

  • Before the Magic Towne House in New York City closed, some of Harry Houdini's artifacts were displayed there for thirteen years.[58]
  • Houdini: Art and Magic is an exhibition of Houdini paraphernalia and art inspired by him at Manhattan’s Jewish Museum.[59] The show closed in New York on March 27, 2011, and was then displayed in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Madison, Wisconsin.[60]
  • In 2010, fifteen museums in Singapore cooperated in hosting itinerant magic shows over the entire year.[61]



  1. ^ Not per se a "museum", but it is a private residence with a documented Houdini connection and a lot of his artifacts. It has occasionally been open for guided tours. Not to be confused with the "House of Houdini", this is a former Houdini home, purchased in 1908, at 278 West 113th Street, Harlem, now called Morningside Heights, New York City that also displays Houdini artifacts.[1][2][3][4][5]
  2. ^ "Not the home, which was sensationally dubbed "the Houdini mansion" when it burned in 1959, and has been rebuilt using the name "Houdini Estate."[5]


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