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Museum of Historic Torture Devices

Address: 740 Eddy Street, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
Phone Number: 608-254-2439
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: The Museum of Historic Torture Devices provides a look into the darkest chapters in human history...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: 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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Brainerd, Minnesota, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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9 helpful votes 9 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

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

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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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

Being a slightly off person, this place intrigued me. I got a attraction bundle deal ( if you've been to wis dells you'll know exactly what that is. It's only offered every 3 feet) so the price was rather cheap. Overall I was creeped out and intrigued with all of it. The pictures of the items used are not gory... More 

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Ashland, Wisconsin
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

This was our 2nd visit, enjoyed it just as much this time as the 1st. The entry isn't outrageous and it's a part of our history. A sick part, but nonetheless, it was interesting to read everything. Will visit again next summer.

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Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

I walked through the Torture Museum while the rest of the family did Wizard Quest. It cost me $8 or $9 to get in. The museum is teeny tiny. It's really just one room with barricades put up to section everything off. Most of it is reading placards on the wall, but there's also a few actual exhibits of the... More 

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