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Address: 305 Broadway, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
Phone Number: +1 630-628-9696
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Description: The Museum of Historic Torture Devices provides a look into the darkest...
The Museum of Historic Torture Devices provides a look into the darkest chapters in human history. View several torture devices and descriptions of the barbaric ways they were used. Admission also includes access to the special exhibit: John Wayne Gacy- "Torture King of Chicago". The Museum of Historic Torture Devices is located in Downtown Wisconsin Dells. Open daily mid-June through Labor Day and weekends only in Spring & Fall.
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This museum was interesting, but is filled with gruesome history that turned my stomach. I should have expected that. The John Wayne Gacy victim photos were especially... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 13, 2015
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Gladstone, Missouri
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

If you are interested in the dark side of humanity, then you must stop here while in the Dells. My 16 year old son and I really enjoyed this. I am really into History and even discovered some things that I wasn't even aware of. Yes, there is an exhibit on John Wayne Gacy. It was not done in poor... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This museum was interesting, but is filled with gruesome history that turned my stomach. I should have expected that. The John Wayne Gacy victim photos were especially gorey/gruesome, and are not for the squeamish. I wouldn't say it was worth the admission price, but we wanted to check it out at least once. If you are into criminology, torture, dark... More 

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Monroe, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

I am really into true crime and other similar topics, such as methods of execution and, yes, torture. The information and pictures offered inside this museum were very interesting - there were quite a few torture methods I hadn't heard of, and I'm quite well-read on the subject! My biggest negative is the music, oddly enough. Very loud horror-movie special... More 

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Brainerd, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

When I first walked in, I was surprised at the very small size of the museum and how cheap their "scary" props were, but I found that by doubts were swept away by the interesting way they presented things. The museum shows some of the most horrible things that human beings have done to other human beings, but not in... More 

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Roscoe, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I was too scared to go thru. Events that really happened on the planet... yikes... when I saw that Gacey picture that was enough for me... I want to see happy stuff in the Dells... if you like that kind of thing you'll probably love it... too much for me... the man at the desk was funny.

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Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This by far was the best part of my dells experience! So educational and interesting. Most items had full descriptions and history. If you like the darker side of history definitely check this out. I've seem some reviews saying it was too short and cheap looking- these are the people who didn't read the plaques and don't appreciate the significance... More 

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Baraboo, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

It took my partner and I about forty minutes to go through the museum. There is a lot of reading to do, which I suggest to do, be ause it makes the whole experience much mrr intense. There is a also a movie that plays in the back which is worth it to watch. The whole experience was haunting. They... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

A dozen old things and printed pictures from the internet doesn't mean museum. The special Gacy exhibit was a few newspaper clippings and a painting that he did. Steer clear of this place and buy fudge or mini golf with the money instead.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I went to the Dell's in July and went to this museum for the first time. It was definitely awesome and interesting. We have been wanting to go and we liked it alot. We had the splash card so we only had to pay for one person so we were happy about that and the price wasn't... More 

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Yankton, South Dakota, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

Went 2 this d/t having 1/2 to burn before ghost boat. Used splash card and was able 2 get son and I in for 9.00. Actually enjoyed this more than Ripleys. Small area but interesting. Unique items. Have 2 be able 2 read plaques 2 get full benefit. If u enjoy gruesome, strange things then this is for u!

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Address: 305 Broadway, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
Phone Number: +1 630-628-9696
Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Wisconsin Dells

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