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Museo Storico Della Tortura

Via Del Castello 1, San Gimignano, Italy
0577-942-243
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Ranked #12 of 21 attractions in San Gimignano
Type: Museums
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Concord, New Hampshire
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

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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Minneapolis
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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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Saskatoon
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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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Denver, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

If you don't have a weak stomach, this is a must-see. Torture of all kinds for all kinds of people for all kinds of reasons. From simple to devilish. See it and try to forget it before going to sleep that night!

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

The museum of torture has some very chilling tales of torture. I took my 8-year-old son and my 18-year-old niece. My son loves creepy stuff and enjoyed this small museum but I think he did find a few of the descriptions a little scary. (Tried to shield him from a few of the more disturbing torture descriptions!) My niece was... More

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los angeles
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

There are branches of the Museum of Torture in many of these little Tuscan towns. We went to the one in Montepulciano and cracked up when we saw another in San Gimignano. Skip it. And San Gimignano itself is way too heavily touristed anyway--see a different Tuscan town that has more to offer than touristy ceramics stores.

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Port Stephens
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2012

As lovers of all kinds of history we, couldn't go to San Grimignano and not visit the torture museum. There are over 100 instruments of execution and torture. Some people may fine it quite desturbing but in a way that is part of the attraction. It is very well set out and there are diagrams and history with each piece... More

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