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Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum)

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Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum)

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With round-trip transport from central Munich, this full-day tour allows you to explore two medieval villages along Germany’s Romantic Road without the stress of planning. Your guide offers skip-the-line access at Harburg Castle (tour optional, own expense), as well as inside tips and recommendations for your visit. Enjoy the freedom to sightsee at your own pace and take in views of the countryside en route.
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Jason C wrote a review Oct 2020
Frankfurt, Germany100 contributions58 helpful votes
The museum starts with an interesting look at the devices and history of crime and torture especial in the Middle Ages but then wanders around between time periods and subjects including law, government and criminality. It wasn’t bad at all but I also felt I wouldn’t have missed much not seeing it.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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HollyBerryElf wrote a review Sep 2020
Weilerbach, Germany635 contributions181 helpful votes
lots of interesting items - most labeled in English as well as German, though a translation app on your cell phone will help a lot for extra details. Not gruesome since there are no dioramas. Start in the basement, then go to the top floor (3rd UK/4th US) and come back down floor by floor to look at exhibits. I'd go again.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Brian P wrote a review Aug 2020
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, United States22 contributions2 helpful votes
This is a view of what was meant by "justice" in the middle ages. Some of it inspires giggles in the modern age ... some of it clearly illustrates that pain was both a confessional tool and punishment. There are plenty of signs in English to identify what one is looking at but this is an older museum that does require a lot of reading. I've visited numerous times since the early 90s and always enjoy it.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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exploringwithjune wrote a review Aug 2020
The Netherlands335 contributions169 helpful votes
We've all seen the dungeons in big cities, focused on gore, ghost stories and adrenaline rushes. While this too can be a fun activity, I was very happy to see that this museum was nothing like that! It is not just sensational stories but based on historical research and extremely informative. It is educational and not scary, although you'll ofcourse see some unpleasant sights in some of the sources. This is inevitable considering the topic. They didn't use life-like props or set ups though, therefore I feel like it is generally suitable for all ages. Ofcourse some kids will be able to handle it better than others. The variety of objects on display is unrivaled by the other museums with this theme, at least that I have seen. They range from torture devices/humiliation devices, to weapons, to decrees, to objects used on courts, to seals, to books. Basically everything that has to do with law enforcement. The amount of objects is mind blowing, but they're also well displayed and provided with informative signs. The signs are quite long, but well written in both German and English. I honestly wished I could read everything, but that would take me ages. So instead I bought the book in the giftshop. I hope this is similar in style and information. What also distinguishes this museum from others in the same field, is that it doesn't just focus on punishment, but also on the process of making laws and the societal impacts of them. It does really well with placing everything in a broader historical and cultural background. I also liked that, eventhough the main focus is on the middle ages, there is also room for information on other time periods and important lawsuits in various ages. In addition to that, it is not just centered around Germany. For example the section on revolutions compares different countries and explains how these revolutions influenced eachother. Also great fun: they bust some myths! I won't spoil anything, but they have some great revelations on the iron maiden and the executioners hood. Staff and service also exceded my expectations. The girl behind the ticket booth was very cheerful and kind. While walking around we were also asked to do a short survey about our experience in the museum. The man was kind, his explanation was clear and he really took his time to hear about our thoughts. He even was very willing to give us more information on any of the objects. After my enquiry, he explained a lot about the emperor's crown which is often (falsely) associated with Charlemagne. Very fascinating! Later we learned that the man, Dr. Markus Hirthe, is actually the owner/director of the museum. I loved that he is so involved with his museum and that he took the time to do these surveys eventhough he probably has a ton of other things to do. Lastly, everyone we encountered spoke English quite well, which, I found, is not always the case in Germany. There really are only two downsides to the museum. Firstly, there was a temporary exhibition on animals and law. Super nice theme and the set up looked great with various taxidermy animal. However unfortunately all of the signs were just in German, making it hard for me to really understand as I only know a bit of the language. The second downside is that it is so far from my home town in the Netherlands! I would love to go back and explore and learn more. I bet that each time you come back you'll notice something new in this museum. Some practical information to top this epos of a review off; tickets are 7 euros, there is a giftshop and a little cafe. Restrooms were clean and there is an elevator for those whose will have difficulty climbing the stairs.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Zoe G wrote a review Jul 2020
Potsdam, Germany32 contributions24 helpful votes
Lots of people have described the quality of this museum and I would agree. Items are clearly displayed and explained in short descriptions (in English and German) that make it enjoyable to explore. While the content could be quite gruesome to the imagination it was not disturbing for my three kids (aged 10, 13&15 - three Girls who are typically quite sensitive to scary films). Perfect. We discussed the issues they were struggling with in society (gossiping women, bakers cheating their customers etc and how they decided to dish out justice). Goats tickling and licking feet locked in stocks was an amusing thought:-) We discussed famous cases of “criminals” (like Galileo - who suggested the earth went round the sun! Absurd and heretical to the church at the time. He was duly punished). The mini village and characters scenes helped describe what they did. The highlight for us was absolutely the carriage prison belonging to the “child catcher” from Disney’s Chitty Chitty bang bang. The museum staff were helpful and smiley. Very glad we made time for this museum. There was, very helpfully, a toilet on the second level we got to.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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