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Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum)

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The museum exhibits in 2 buildings and on 6 floors Germany`s most important collection of legal history. The highlight of this museum is its exploration into the unusual law enforcement techniques used by local rulers in medieval and early modern...more
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Burggasse 3, 91541, Rothenburg, Bavaria, Germany
+49 9861 5359
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I found this place fascinating but it made my spouse uncomfortable. There is a lot of information about torture, so it may not be the best for the tenderhearted. But it was really, really interesting and full of unique information. They even have an Iron...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ilovehuck
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took a break from Christmas market and visited this museum right when it opened. It’s €7/adult, collected at the door. You start in the basement and go down these steep and rather dim stairs. The lighting is a bit dim down there giving an...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MollyMick
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was interesting to see how crime and punishment was handled back in the day. Glad it isn't like that anymore.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank brianf469
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum (costed €7 to enter) has lots of duplicated items (hand cuffs, etc). A large portion of the museum was photocopies of diagrams/texts from old books and papers. There is really nothing special about this museum – clearly overly rated. I do not know...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank sun20
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

fascinating museum. I've been here before, but it is still intriguing. Its unbelievable how man kind used to (and still does) treat each other. The history is dense, and fascinating to see how things were then, and how things have changed because of those things...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Phatsoundz
Reviewed October 26, 2018

This was heralded as a highlight of the little town; a must-see. It wasn't and isn't. There are far more interesting museums. Plus, if you are not fit, you will not be able to see the whole place, which requires you to walk up several...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ahmlaw
Reviewed October 8, 2018

It is amazing and sad how many forms of punishment there were to torture people. I found the shame masks interesting.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank revG777
Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile

This is one of the most unusual collections you will ever see. Medieval Europe was unbelievably cruel and the collection includes torture devices, execution swords, an Iron Maiden, and shame masks. The latter are especially interesting as people were forced to wear them in public...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Donald B
Reviewed October 3, 2018

I thought this museum was very interesting. Not to big or small. Very eye opening on crime and punishment and, ugh, torture!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Jules1022
Reviewed September 26, 2018

This is a very interesting museum. Tools of torture and obscure laws from the past. For instance, if you fell asleep in church, you had to wear an enormous rosary around your neck. Dressing outside of your station? Death! Only took about 30 minutes. Would...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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April 9, 2018|
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Response from PR_Kriminalmuseum | Property representative |
Dear Dippy5ster, the entrance fee for adults would be 7,00 EUR, we also offer reduced entrance fees for pupils (3,50 EUR), college students (4,00 EUR), senior citizens (6,00 EUR) and families (17,00 EUR - 2 adults... More
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April 2, 2018|
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Response from PR_Kriminalmuseum | Property representative |
Dear alohakoa, thank you very much for your inquiry. You can visit the museum at any time unhesitatingly, there will be no such long queues. The opening hours in May are from 10 am to 6 pm (last admission 5.15 pm). In case... More
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November 12, 2017|
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Dear Marlaflood, the entrance fees are 7,00 EUR for adults and 3,50 EUR for pupils. We also have reduced prices for senior citizens, students and families. Kind regards, the museum´s team.
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