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Museum of Historic Torture Devices

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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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Really really interesting. Small but mighty. Tucked in the heart of downtown Wisconsin Dells. It was a nice time.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
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Bensenville, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We stopped in this museum in its new location. It was very interesting but not for extremely young children.

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Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Tucked away off the main street in a small building were some very unique and fascinating things to see! Really peaked my interest in history and was surprised to learn some of the devices that were used until recently! Tons of interesting facts and a lot of history to peak your interest for further study. Friendly owners, a must see... More 

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Bensenville, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Really really interesting. Small but mighty. Tucked in the heart of downtown Wisconsin Dells. It was a nice time.

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Morrison, Illinois
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6 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Thought this was over-priced for the replicas and displays. Only a handful of pieces were originals. Could have done without.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

I was fascinated by man's inhumanity to man, which was on full display in this museum. The display pieces (including many replicas) run a bit to the cheesy side, but the concepts and history are unsettling. It is a nice way to kill the time waiting for your Ghost Boat ride!

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Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

If you have a strong stomach and don't mind lots of reading, I recommend checking this museum out. I really enjoyed it as it gives you lots of information you won't find in very many places. There are many torture devices to view as well as pictures, and there is information and artifacts on a few infamous killers in history.... More 

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Winamac, Indiana, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Definitely not for the sensitive. I thought it was interesting but some of the rest of our group were not so thrilled. It can be kind of gruesome. I would not suggest it for young children. But for adult inquiring minds.....

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

I really enjoyed it. It gave a lot of good information accompanied with pictures and devices that were used historically to punish people. It is a dark history. They had a lot on John Gacy. The owner is very nice and knows a lot about what is in the museum. However, you only need about a half hour to cover... More 

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Gladstone, Missouri
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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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