Academy of Arcana
Academy of Arcana

428-A Front Street
Santa Cruz, California 95060
(831) 291-4009

Museum, Library and Gift Shop Open
Wedneday - Sunday
Noon - 6PM
10-50% Off
Selected Merchandine

Omnia Vivunt, Omnia Inter Se Conexa
("Everything is alive; everything is interconnected")

Do you still mourn the loss of the great Library and Museum of Alexandria? Do you wonder what they taught in the ancient Mystery Schools? Have you suspected that the Answer to the Mysteries of Life, the Universe, and Everything is out there; but you just haven't found the right question?

Conveniently located in beautiful downtown Santa Cruz, California, the Academy of Arcana brings it all together in one place. The Academy houses Morning Glory & Oberon Zell's enormous library of myth, magick, science, history, sci-fi, fantasy and lore; and their vast museum collection of more than 360 Goddess figurines, magickal tools and artifacts, Books of Shadows, devotional items, altar setups, theatrical costumes and regalia, seasonal decorations, etc.


"The Goddess Curiosa" a non-denominational Goddess Temple and meeting/workshop/class space, is the largest area of the Academy, exhibiting Morning Glory Zell's collection of over 360 Goddess votive figurines from around the world and throughout history. Other cabinets and cases contain our large collections of magickal tools, hand-written Books of Shadows, devotional items, altar setups, posters, crafts supplies, and books on myth, magick, and Mysterie. Comfortable chairs and cushions are in abundance.

Authors, musicians and others will do presentations, workshops, house concerts, book-signings and "meet the artist" events.

The Temple space is also available as a venue for other groups to rent for meetings and gatherings.


"The Illuminarium" is the main reading and research Library providing exclusive access for Academy members only, consisting of thousands of books, Pagan publications and archives, and over 1,000 movie DVDs and music CDs. A large 46' TV screen is available for movie nights.


"Museum of Mysterie" The reading Library also includes a for the other collections: arcane artifacts, dragons and dinosaurs, skulls and skeletons, fossils, natural history, mythical/legendary creatures, theatrical costumes and magickal regalia, seasonal decorations, prehistoric animal models, science fiction models, toys and action figures (especially Star Trek, Star Wars, Jules Verne, da Vinci, movies, etc.).


"Curiosities" is the museum gift store offering magickal books, figurines, jewelry, and crafts made by various artists. The shop also offers a selection of collectibles and curiosities from the Oberon and Morning Glory Zell estate.

All proceeds from the gift shop benefit the Museum.

Read about the Academy in the Santa Cruz Sentinel

Academy of Arcana Grand Opening

Academy of Arcana Winter Wonderland

See the Academy of NBC 1st Look