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“Enter with caution!” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Medieval Criminal and Torture Museum

Medieval Criminal and Torture Museum
Via San Giovanni, 123 | Via San Giovanni, 82, 53073 San Gimignano, Italy
+39 0577 940526
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“Enter with caution!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

If you are squeamish, this is not for you! Interesting personal collection. Very informative if you are into torture or mediaeval punishments, left us feeling queazy and spooked out

Visited October 2013
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  • Danish first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
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Stamford, United Kingdom
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“Not for the squeamish like me!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

It's a well laid out museum with clear Italian and English explanations about almost everything on show.
The Japanese section isn't quite so clear.
The exhibits are generally horrific and its hard to believe were in use over so many hundreds of years. Even more so given that many are still in use today in parts of the world.

Visited October 2013
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Fareham, United Kingdom
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“Fascinating in a disturbing way”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

This museum was recommended in a book I own about places to visit with your children. The book suggests that older children will find this museum fascinating. Certainly my 12 year old son was riveted by the exhibits.
We spent an hour or so weaving our way up and down stairs in and out of dark corners looking at the horrific implements of torture. There was plenty of accompanying information in English. We were all so thankful not to have been around in those days!
We were also quite glad to get back out into the warm sunshine of San Gimignano afterwards!
Well worth visiting to see the other side of life in medieval days. Older kids, especially bloodthirsty boys will be in their element visiting here.

Visited August 2013
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“Interesting, but not for kids”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Well documented, great atmosphere... a trip to the dark side of the Middle Age, and humanity. Detailed description on how devices and procedures were created to destroy persons.

Visited August 2013
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Cape
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“Enjoyed it but gruesome”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

We were glad we visited this museum. Our kids found it fascinating. However I would be careful of taking young kids there as some of the content is pretty horrific. It certainly made us glad we are not living in those days. It makes you a bit sad for the human race.

Visited July 2013
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