Museo della Tortura

Museo della Tortura, Volterra: Hours, Address, Museo della Tortura Reviews: 3.5/5

Museo della Tortura
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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My wife and I made the trip to the torture museum because of several things; we both share a love for dark arts and horror and we share a strong disdain for organized religion. And this museum has an abundance of both!

The museum is not too big, but the horrors contained within has made sorrow, pain and misery for centuries. It’s very well laid out, you start with some small pieces like thumbscrews and finger breakers, to various pieces meant to ridicule ending with the most gruesome devices ever invented by people following a religion of love.

Each piece comes with its own horrific explanation of use, origin and which crime was committed in order to receive the punishment.
It’s written in four different languages, Italian, English, French and German. Quite a few times, there are art pieces accompanying the pieces.

To me the worst part was not the devices themselves, but the time you let your imagination place you in the seat of punishment. The museum is funded partly by human rights organizations and I think it’s a very important Exposé to remind ourselves of what humankind is capable of. Shockingly some methods are still in use today. What also struck me, was that many of the pieces were very ornamented and obviously crafted with great passion. The passion that either an artist or zealots display. That was also quite intriguing and disturbing.

The rocking horse for the children’s punishment and shoes for the clumsy slave were very grim.
Written July 31, 2019
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Puttmans
Aveley, UK320 contributions
Couples
An interesting and informative exhibition which leads you to question what sort of mind thinks up these horrific devices of torture. Some of them made me feel a little uncomfortable but that's just me. 8 Euro's entrance fee seemed fairly reasonable, information displayed is multi language which is useful as not always the case when abroad.
Written July 21, 2019
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Jo W
Maidstone, UK116 contributions
Family
If you are particularly interested in torture then I would think that this museum would be a must see!

It is small but there are a lot of exhibits and the information that goes alongside them is really detailed - I was extremely impressed with the English translation it did not lack at all.

I did feel after half way that it was a lttle too grotesque for me and I couldn't face any more. However it was done in a tactful way, however do not take children to this, it really isn't appropriate.

Disappointed also as you could spend a long time here looking at the collection however there were no toilets.
Written August 24, 2018
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Gabby W
Exeter, UK106 contributions
Couples
we popped in here whilst visiting Volterra out of curiosity, and for a smallish museum it has so much to see. All the signs are also written in English and everything is very well set out and some of the torture instruments will make your toes curl. Probably not the best place for really small children (under 5) but a good way to get out of the summer heat for an hour and learn about how macabre our ancestors were.
Written August 13, 2018
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David D
Martinsville, NJ38 contributions
Family
We went to the museum with our 3 kids, 11,14&18. It cost 8 eur for adults and 6 eur for kids. We walked through all the exhibits in less than 30 minutes. It was interesting, but not sure it was worth the money.
Written July 27, 2018
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Katie-Louise A
Heath Charnock, UK304 contributions
Couples
We spent about 2 hours in here and absolutely loved it, but we really enjoy dark history so enjoyed seeing all these horrific tools of terror and reading all about them. Maybe not for everyone, but if you’re a bit weird like us then it’s definitely worth a visit.
Written June 30, 2018
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Steveage
Rexburg, ID3,270 contributions
Family
Wow, I guess some of these instruments of torture were the actual real thing. Lots of detailed explanations. How creative are people in being cruel to each other!? My daughter, 17 years old, could not take it. She is not "sheltered" by any means, but she is a softy in the heart. I'd say it's about an hour and a half / two hour tour to walk through and read all the information. 8 euros per person.
Written May 28, 2018
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Adrian H
Houston, TX421 contributions
Couples
worthwhile taking a look but nothing special. sort of place you need to visit just to say you experienced it
Written October 22, 2017
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Jim S
61 contributions
Family
Spent an interesting half hour here with my 14 year old son. All the instruments of torture you've ever heard of (and some more) are on exhibit. Not for the faint hearted but worth a visit to realise the depths of human depravity.
Written July 16, 2017
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Albert Z
Petersfield, UK241 contributions
Couples
Although small you will need at least an hour to really understand the museum. Reading the descriptions to understand the purpose and history of the exhibits is essential. The extensive ingenuity shown how man can torture man will be a deflating experience as most exhibits look to prolong torture before inevitable death is the victims release. Not for those of a sensitive disposition or children.
Written July 4, 2017
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