Witches to Open New Museum in Salem, Massachusetts

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Wiccan Author and Priest Don Lewis discovers that Salem is the perfect place to open the World of Witches Museum. A museum dedicated to telling the history of magic and witchcraft from a Witches point of view.

Witches opening a new museum in Salem, Massachusetts, aka The Witch City, wouldn't seem to be newsworthy, as there are many quality museums in the city already. What makes The World of Witches Museum different is that its exhibit will be dealing with real world witches and operated by practicing witches. This Museum will be a place of learning for and about the global Witch movement, and will tell their story. With Witchcraft, Witches, and Wiccan cultures on the rise worldwide, the World of Witches Museum tells the story of their struggles, history, and beliefs from a witch's point of view. The museum, under its curator Rev. Donald Lewis, will tell the story of Witches from the past, present, and those Witches who are walking among us today.

For Rev. Don Lewis, a practicing Witch & First Priest of the Correllian Nativist Tradition, The World of Witches Museum was a most unlikely project, which came about when he was actively seeking campus space for Witch School in Salem. He was approached to house his temple & school at the museum and lead this project. Rev. Lewis discovered it was unique challenge for him, but realized that a museum makes a perfect starter campus for educating the public about Wicca, Witchcraft and Magic from a Pagan point of view.

Curator Lewis offers an insight of his passion for this project, "What fascinates me and helps me focus my work on the museum is my belief that magic has always been with us, from the earliest days of humanity. This exploration into magic and Witchcraft has continued into modern times in many different forms, and is now part of the culture and practices of millions worldwide. This is a story that few people realize even exists, and for many this will be the first time they will be able to see, hear, and talk to Witches in an open and non-judgmental way. This is very exciting to me."

One question that comes up repeatedly is 'Will the World of Witches Museum cover the Salem Witch Trials?' Rev. Don explains, "This is one area the museum will defer to others in Witch City. The Salem Witch trials are covered wonderfully by museums such as The Salem Witchcraft Museum, and it would be redundant to tell that story again. The exceptional thing about being in Witch City is that when people learn about the Salem Witch Trials, they recognize that hunting Witches is wrong. We hope that our exhibit on Modern Witch Hunts shows that what happened in Salem is continuing today in Africa, Asia, and India. We hope that by offering the knowledge that hundreds of people are killed each year, this will move people to talk out about these issues with a better understanding.

During the month of April, The World of Witches Museum will be offering free previews. According to museum curator, Rev. Don Lewis "As we are developing the museum, we want people to share in it. We will be giving previews to the community and visitors while we build, and if they like what they see, they can donate to help us build it. This isn't my museum, it belongs to the community, and I am very lucky to be able to present this to the public."

The World of Witches Museum is being housed and retrofitted from Dracula's Castle, a former haunted house attraction on Pickering Wharf. It is located at 57 Wharf Street, Pickering Wharf, Salem, Mass.

Facebook fans can find out more at http://www.Facebook.com/WorldofWitches
Witch School members can join: http://www.witchschool.com/group/worldofwitchesmuseum.

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