Torture Museum Oude Steen

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Torture Museum Oude Steen
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
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10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
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Torture Museum the "Old Stone" is one of the oldest prisons in Europe restored into a museum offering the visitor an impressive collection of artifacts and dramatic, life realistic wax figures which will give the visitor an unforgettable impression on a controversial system of torture where the end, Justice, justified the means.
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Bianca W
London, UK1,032 contributions
Apr 2022 • Solo
Having seen many other exhibitions on the subject, it did seem a bit dull. Especially as there's a lot to read, I wish there was an audio guide for guests.
Still, it's very well done, with great wax figures to illustrate how certain torture instruments were used.
Defa good collection and quite interesting to visit.
Written April 4, 2022
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Łaurens B
3 contributions
Jun 2020 • Couples
In the Torture museum you get a fun way to read the history and explanation of various torture practices. Different scenarios are presented visually with dolls at true size. The museum is located in an ancient cellar which is the perfect setting for this. The owner told us that the building used to be used to keep people captive. Mysterious.

Above the museum is House of Waffles where you can go for savory and sweet waffles before or after your museum visit. Definitely worth it!

In het Torture museum krijg je op een ludieke manier de geschiedenis en uitleg van verscheidene martelpraktijken. Met poppen op ware groten worden verschillende scenario’s visueel voorgesteld. Het museum bevindt zich in eeuwenoude kelder die het perfecte kader hiervoor is. De eigenaar vertelde ons dat het gebouw vroeger gebruikt werd om mensen gevangen te houden. Mysterieus.

Boven het museum bevind zich House of Waffles waar je terecht kan voor hartige en zoete wafels voor of na je museumbezoek. Zeker de moeite waard!
Written June 24, 2020
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Rachel N
3 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
This is a short museum with interesting yet gruesome facts about the judicial system through history. The facts and displays were clear and engaging. However I did start to feel a bit queasy towards the end.
Written April 11, 2022
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Jamie P
Chester, UK21 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Visited the museum, wouldn’t really say it was a museum but more a collection of torture devices with the platoon film sound track playing in the background. Three rooms full of torture devices and descriptions. A visit doesn’t take long and as being from the UK where museums are free and this was €8 we were a bit disappointed as there’s no audio description equipment or leaflet given to you.

Absolute no for children under 12, quite gruesome (but what do you expect) and stomach turning. Sort of place that’s interesting but you ask yourself why did I come to look at this.
Written January 18, 2020
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Hi Jamie. , sorry you did not find what you were looking for. But do you know what you looked for? The museum shows indeed the intense torture devices and practises which were used for thousands of years . All this to make you think about the extreme difficult task for those who claim the authority to practise justice for the best of their means. Apparently you moved to fast trough it to give it some serious reflections . Feel free to come over again and we will talk. Best rgds
Written January 18, 2020
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GTER94
London, UK41 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
An hour well spent! Quite small however so many props and interesting up-to date information would really recommend however would not recommend for children under age of 12 as a lot of the information is graphic and quite frightening. This is not like the child orientated tourist attraction’The London Dungeons’ etc. Would definitely revisit with friends!
Written June 3, 2022
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405pams
Beverly, MA198 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
We stopped into the Torture Museum on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Obviously a lot of other people had the same idea as it was quite crowded. It’s not a large museum but there is a wealth of information about all forms of torture and the history of each apparatus and technique. While a lot of it is quite gruesome it is certainly an interesting history lesson for all.
Written February 17, 2020
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Pegwell Traveller
Kent, UK168 contributions
Jun 2022
Very interesting place to visit. Lots to see and learn about, but it's quite cramped and there is no "interactive" element. This is a read and learn place. Due to this and the topic covered it is not child friendly. A number of families were present during our visit and their kids were very bored.
Despite this, we enjoyed it and learnt a great deal.
Written June 23, 2022
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LondonFamily88
London, UK876 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
We visited based on reviews and Time Out review. This museum is set in an old prison and underground which makes it good for a rainy day.

Apart from those two plus points, there is nothing redeeming about rooms full of torture equipment, poorly maintained exhibits, poor information boards pretending to explain how torture was used throughout the last 1000s of years, culminating and highlighting the work of Amnesty International.

Not worth the money nor the visit.

Written February 23, 2020
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Danica L
Bech-Kleinmacher, Luxembourg10 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
This museum in in the basement area of an old prison fortress. So just to talk about the smell that people have touched subject on , it is a normal smell that you will come across . It is the smell of old stone , wood, and also the low amount of fresh air to preserve the artifacts . Anyone who has been to old medieval castles and spent time in the basements will know this is a totally normal smell😉
They have a large array of torture devices from europe and a few from across the world . They mainly focus on the European torture . When looking at the instruments and reading the descriptions I sometimes got a unwell feeling . Just imagine what these items did and what people went through and this still up to 100-150 years ago . It was very interesting .I wish i had just taken my glasses with me as after a while my contacts started getting a little dry and trying to read started getting harder 🥴🤷‍♀️ but that is just me . My boyfriend and I had a great time and spent a good hour or a bit longer down there .
Written March 10, 2020
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Dear Danica, Thank you for your understanding and appreciation. Indeed the place is over 1000 years old and is genuine as hell.. For some is way a real hell, for all these who were tortured there 14th , 15th century. Now it is a place where people can reflect on life, justice and moral confronted with cruelty and decent efforts to make a better life for all. Best regards.
Written March 21, 2020
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Gerwin V
Utrecht, The Netherlands16 contributions
Jul 2020
It's a small to medium sized museum. For 8 euro maybe a bit pricey, but not too much. Especially if you like history. I've been to torture museums before and learned a few new things here. I didn't find it scary or horrific in case one wonders.
Written August 2, 2020
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Dear Gerwin, Thanks for your kind review and appreciation. Glad you discovered some new things in our museum. What did you think of that genuine Witch scale and the mostly unknown information on the judgements of animals? We keep working on new interesting items. Kind regards
Written August 4, 2020
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