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Medieval Criminal and Torture Museum

Via San Giovanni, 123 | Via San Giovanni, 82, 53073, San Gimignano, Italy
+39 0577 940526
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Creepy, but great details and displays

To say I liked certain torture devices may sound creepy, no?

Reviewed May 6, 2012
Los Angeles, California
Interesting for kids over 10

If you want to entertain your 10 year old son, or a teenager,go there. The price of the ticket is... read more

Reviewed April 15, 2012
Ines R
Split, Croatia
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Medieval and criminal Torture Museum of San Gimignano: "A collection of instruments of torture" This exhibit includes images and words, a unique world-wide collection: 100 instruments produced for causing pain and death. It shows exceptionally rare pieces dated back to the XVI, XVII and XVIII century and more recent philological reconstructions of ancient and lost instruments. Very well known instruments such as the Iron Maiden, the Guillotine, the Rack, the Interrogation Chair and the Chastity Belt. But the peculiarity of the exhibit is showing to the public for the very first time less known but very refined instruments. From the Heretic’s Fork to the Noise-maker’s fifes, to the Gatta da Scorticamento to the Spanish Spiders, these instruments prove how human imagination and sophisticated intelligence had no limit in finding new ways to inflict the most atrocious and cruel tortures. One section of museum is entirely dedicated to witchcraf, witches hunt and to the Inquisition Tribunal.
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Via San Giovanni, 123 | Via San Giovanni, 82, 53073, San Gimignano, Italy
+39 0577 940526
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Reviewed May 6, 2012

To say I liked certain torture devices may sound creepy, no?

1  Thank MsLydia
Reviewed April 15, 2012

If you want to entertain your 10 year old son, or a teenager,go there. The price of the ticket is not so cheap, i think we payed 35 euros for 2 adults and a child of 11.

Thank Ines R
Reviewed February 17, 2012

As a matter of fact I don't like this kind of exhibitions, but someone told me that I should see this. Well I did. The museum gives you a clear impression about the way alleged criminals were punished through the different centuries. They show you...More

2  Thank Klaas-Dekker
Reviewed February 9, 2012

This is a tourist trap, for-profit rip-off, posing as a "museum". It was sensationally successful at appealing to our two sons and their like-minded friends when they were very little. If you or yours are part of that market, go for it, otherwise find a...More

3  Thank Uncletomaso
Reviewed January 6, 2012

We managed to see the whole Museum, but there was some pretty disturbing stuff. Our 11 and 9 year olds were a bit freaked out but also amazed at how cruel people can be. Worth a visit just to refect on that.

Thank Flyingkiwis2012
Reviewed October 25, 2011

Well worth a visit if you are interested in man's inhumanity to man. From medieval times to present day. A real eyeopener. Take your time and listen to and watch the videos. We did this one first and then took a break of 4 hours...More

Thank cajunnsw
Reviewed August 28, 2011

We visited the torture museum and found it very very interesting and well as disgusting - the fact that people actually used these devices to cause agonising pain and public humiliation is shocking. The way the devices work are described in many different languages and...More

1  Thank mhazell
Reviewed July 1, 2011

Many objects are shown from XVI and XVII centry. Interesting even but entry price is a bit high for the value.

1  Thank mikelaf
Reviewed July 30, 2008

There are actually 2 Museums of Torture in this tiny city, and apparently a torture museum in every town in Europe we visited. It's a small, clean museum with many antiseptic devices and a long description of how the devise was used next to it....More

4  Thank nataliegoes
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Boston , Ma
Reviewed February 17, 2006

A nice and small museum, very informational and educational. Worth every penny and minute of your time.

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