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Museo Storico Della Tortura

Address: Via Del Castello 1, San Gimignano, Italy
Phone Number: 0577-942-243
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Ranked #14 of 20 Attractions in San Gimignano
Type: Museums
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Type: Museums
Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 7:30 pm

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Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

This museum is not for everyone. Many of the depictions of torture are very life-like (which means gruesome in this context!). But they have done a wonderful job of displaying an amazing array of torture tactics, equipment, philosophy, etc. They say you can tour through both buildings (the museum is in two parts, one about a block away from the... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I went into this museum with friends on a whim and I'm glad I did. If anything, it reassured me that I was definitely born in the right century. Some of the methods of torture on display I'd never heard of at all and I'm glad I hadn't. It's definitely not for the faint of heart (nor stomach) but historically... More 

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Antalya, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The most important thing about this museum was that it made me think. Firstly one looks at the inhumanity of man in days past, but then you realise that many of these things still happen today in a 'civilised' world but that it is numbed by 24 hour news coverage.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Never see such a comprehensive array of torture instruments, some we had never heard of before. Awful to believe people actually carried out these gruesome and awful tortures on other human beings. Worth the entrance fee though.

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Concord, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

It was a nice respite from the hot crowded streets, but the price seemed a little steep for the self guided tour. The exhibits are very thorough, and creepy. It was the first thing we told people about when we got home.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

This is really two Museums, located in two different buildings and very close to each other(MUSEO PENA DI MORTE and MUSEO DELLA TORTURA).One ticket will cover both museums. From the Depth point of view they consider almost every way of torture in history. From the Art point of view it is kind of basic, oriented to younger generations. Maybe it... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

What a stupid museum. In San Gimignano you're going to find a lot of interesting thing, but not this museum. All the machines are rebuilt, there's nothing original and you're going to find the same museum in Siena and Volterra too!! It's suitable for children.

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Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Is not ideal to visit with the kids, but the museum is very interesting and gives a broad vision of the Middle Ages, customs and traditions of the time

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

This is an excellent museum with a fascinating collection of ancient torture tools, excellently displayed with well-written information detailing the use of each apparatus. Very interesting historical information for every member of the family.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

While it will make you ill from the morbidity and leave you wanting to be sick, it is historically accurate and interesting to see how the medieval society managed their criminals and how they used religion as reason to maime and kill. Thank goodness this doesn't happen today in civilized countries. But the tour was worth the price and seeing... More 

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