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Address: 301 E. Broadway, Alton, IL
Phone Number: +1 618-465-3200
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Description: Exhibits and information have been researched and are historically...
Exhibits and information have been researched and are historically accurate. The curator of our museum has visited Torture Museums in Europe where most of these devices originated. A collection of books on the sublect is available to browse while at the Museum. We are always on alert for information and adding new exhibits to our collection. Over 50 exhibits of torture devices from all over the world, some very simple, some diabolically clever, some still in use today. We have new Torture exhibits, and are expanding the museum to include the "Odditorium" which includes exhibits of Medical Quackery, Civil War Medicine and artifacts, human anomalies,VooDoo, and other curiosities. We plan to open these exhibits by the end of July, 2014.
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My sister and I stopped by on a trip to St. Louis. The curator/owner of the museum was fabulous. You can tell she has a passion and knowledge for her work. She shared some... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 10, 2013
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Greenwood, Indiana
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

the historic museum of torture devices is a very cool exhibit of ancient (and not so ancient) devices used through the ages to keep people in line. some were used by clergy, others by law enforcement. all were gruesome and amazing to behold. if you're into this kind of thing, it's a don't miss.

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Vlad97, Owner at Historic Museum of Torture Devices, responded to this review

Thank you for your very positive review. We are always looking for new exhibits and keep adding new ones. Please come again if you are in our area, More 

Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

For only $5, this museum tour is a bargain. All of the displays are morbidly gorgeous, and there is historically accurate background information/descriptions for each device. Seriously interesting stuff. They let you take as much time as you'd like to look at everything, which is good because I wanted to look for a while. The dim lighting and creepy old... More 

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Vlad97, Owner at Historic Museum of Torture Devices, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review of the museum. We rely on comments from our visitors to help make any improvements. We appreciate your taking the time to review it .We hope you will return, as we are getting additional exhibits. More 

Saint Louis, Missouri
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21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Made the trek from West St. Louis county to Alton for this museum on a Sunday and -- even though it says it's open -- the owner/museum director never showed up. We waited around until 2 p.m. because another shopkeep in the mall said "she came in around 2 yesterday." Very unprofessional. A big waste of my time. Never got... More 

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Vlad97, Owner at Historic Museum of Torture Devices, responded to this review

I am sorry for your disappointing visit to the Museum. I had a family emergency and was unable to get anyone to open for me. This feedback tho' negative is valuable and has been taken into consideration. I hope you will visit again .We have some new displays. My apologies. More 

Iowa
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228 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This is an interesting "museum", which is more like a separate area in a room that also has antiques so it never has a real feel of a museum. Nonetheless, it does offer some interesting devices (~ 40) used for torture but there are no actual devices, as they are all replicas with the smaller ones displayed in glass cabinets... More 

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Vlad97, Owner at Historic Museum of Torture Devices, responded to this review

I am glad that overall you liked your visit to the museum and that you posted pictures. We value all reviews and would like to thank you for taking the time to share your view and the pictures. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

This museum was really interesting. Our tour guide walked through with us, giving definition to how devices were used.

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Vlad97, Owner at Historic Museum of Torture Devices, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to let us know how you felt about the Museum. Most of our displays are replications, but carefully crafted, and all are historically accurate. We appreciate all feedback. More 

Tulsa, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

My sister and I stopped by on a trip to St. Louis. The curator/owner of the museum was fabulous. You can tell she has a passion and knowledge for her work. She shared some experiences f travel with us. She drives a white hearse parked out front that has the tag, "Haun Tur." There are some great pieces in the... More 

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Vlad97, Owner at Historic Museum of Torture Devices, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. Every review is important to us. My collection is all replicas, historically accurate. The history has been carefully researched. Actually, one device, the pillory, has working parts and is safe enough to be used for photographs. I would have happily put you in it had I known. If you are... More 

Archbold, Ohio, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

I was expecting actual artifacts, and it turned out to be just a small collection of cheap-looking props. Some of the history was interesting (in a very morbid way) but the whole place felt like a gimmick and left me feeling disappointed.

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Vlad97, Owner at Historic Museum of Torture Devices, responded to this review

I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your visit to the Museum. To see actual artifacts you would have to travel to the Torture Museums in Europe and the Tower of London. A private collection of original torture devices of a man in New York State sold at auction 2 years ago for 1.2 million dollars. My collection is replicas, hand crafted... More 

Round Lake Beach, Illinois
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16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

what a cool place to walk around and learn about all kinds of ways people were punished long ago!! So glad some of them are not used today!!!

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Vlad97, Owner at Historic Museum of Torture Devices, responded to this review

Thanks for your positive review. We appreciate your having taken the time to write and recommend us. All reviews are valuable to us and fellow travelers. More 

Alton, IL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Not family friendly- but extremely fascinating. The admission is extremely reasonable and the museum is usually attended to by Janet, the owner of this private collection of torture devices. Leave enough time to read the descriptions she has carefully researched- and to ask her questions as well. She's a wealth of information. This is definitely one of the quirkiest things... More 

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Vlad97, Owner at Historic Museum of Torture Devices, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review. We take all reviews seriously and are always strive to please. We appreciate your taking the time to write a review. More 

STL
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24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

This is a cool little museum with all kinds of weird torture devices Nothing too crazy, but educational. Not very big, its basically inside a small room. If you're bored and have about $10 on you, then stop in and check this place out.

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Vlad97, Owner at Historic Museum of Torture Devices, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review of the Museum. Your time in writing the review is greatly appreciated. All feedback is helpful. We strive to make the visit an interesting one. More 

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Address: 301 E. Broadway, Alton, IL
Phone Number: +1 618-465-3200
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Alton

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