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Address: 301 E. Broadway, Alton, IL
Phone Number: +1 618-465-3200
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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
Shelley F
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Call ahead.... same day you are going. The hours say 12-4 on Saturday and Sunday, but it was a no go for us. The whole purpose of our trip through Alton was to go to this museum. The building the museum is in is interesting and we ran into a really friendly guy that talked a little about the history... More 

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

I'm sorry that you came on a day that we were not open. Calling ahead is a good idea no matter where you are going especially if you are travelling any distance. I hope you will return in the future. More 

Pekin, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015 via mobile

Not much to say about this small display of torture devices. The fee is $5 per person which probably keeps the lights on. I am not really into looking at stuff like this but I have to say it does make you think what happened in different eras. The place is a bit run down and the tour is self... More 

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Greenwood, Indiana
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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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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 

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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 16 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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Thank Kristi K
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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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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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 

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