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Address: 301 E. Broadway, Alton, IL
Phone Number: +1 618-465-3200
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Exhibits and information have been researched and are historically...

Exhibits and information have been researched and are historically accurate. The curator of our museum has visited Torture Museums in Europe where most of these devices originated. A collection of books on the sublect is available to browse while at the Museum. We are always on alert for information and adding new exhibits to our collection. Over 50 exhibits of torture devices from all over the world, some very simple, some diabolically clever, some still in use today.

We have new Torture exhibits, and are expanding the museum to include the "Odditorium" which includes exhibits of Medical Quackery, Civil War Medicine and artifacts, human anomalies,VooDoo, and other curiosities. We plan to open these exhibits by the end of July, 2014.

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The museum was small but the collection was comprehensive enough to be thoroughly disturbing. I never knew that there were so many ways to inflict pain on another human being.

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 6, 2016
Anna D
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016 via mobile

The museum was small but the collection was comprehensive enough to be thoroughly disturbing. I never knew that there were so many ways to inflict pain on another human being.

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Mount Vernon, Illinois
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016

Drove and hour and a half to see this place. It is suppose to be open 12-4 Saturday and Sunday but it was CLOSED! No indication on website it was going to be closed. A person working at a shop in the building indicated owner didn't come in the previous day until 3 PM. Poor business practice! Called number on... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

Definitely creepy and disturbing. They could spruce up the displays just a bit. A little better drawings and the presentation of the descriptions could be made a little more interesting.

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Vlad97, Owner at Historic Museum of Torture Devices, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Many of the pictures on display with the devices are from old wood cuts and are quite primitive, some almost cartoon like, but they help to tell the story. Thanks for visiting. More 

Birmingham, AL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2016

I may have already reviewed this, but I'd recommend it if you like this sort of thing. The owner was very accommodating to come in on a day we could be there, but when she wasn't normally open. The torture devices were thoroughly creepy and thoroughly interesting. It's not a big museum and not staged as a "professional" museum would... More 

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Vlad97, Owner at Historic Museum of Torture Devices, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I'm glad you liked the museum. We are always looking for new exhibits and happy to accommodate visitors. I enjoyed meeting you. More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2016 via mobile

Call ahead.... same day you are going. The hours say 12-4 on Saturday and Sunday, but it was a no go for us. The whole purpose of our trip through Alton was to go to this museum. The building the museum is in is interesting and we ran into a really friendly guy that talked a little about the history... More 

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Vlad97, Owner at Historic Museum of Torture Devices, responded to this review

I'm sorry that you came on a day that we were not open. Calling ahead is a good idea no matter where you are going especially if you are travelling any distance. I hope you will return in the future. More 

Pekin, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2015 via mobile

Not much to say about this small display of torture devices. The fee is $5 per person which probably keeps the lights on. I am not really into looking at stuff like this but I have to say it does make you think what happened in different eras. The place is a bit run down and the tour is self... More 

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Vlad97, Owner at Historic Museum of Torture Devices, responded to this review

Thanks for reviewing the Museum. The exhibits are historically accurate and have been researched at length. It's history you don't usually see in the history books. More 

Greenwood, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2015

the historic museum of torture devices is a very cool exhibit of ancient (and not so ancient) devices used through the ages to keep people in line. some were used by clergy, others by law enforcement. all were gruesome and amazing to behold. if you're into this kind of thing, it's a don't miss.

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Vlad97, Owner at Historic Museum of Torture Devices, responded to this review

Thank you for your very positive review. We are always looking for new exhibits and keep adding new ones. Please come again if you are in our area, More 

Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2014

For only $5, this museum tour is a bargain. All of the displays are morbidly gorgeous, and there is historically accurate background information/descriptions for each device. Seriously interesting stuff. They let you take as much time as you'd like to look at everything, which is good because I wanted to look for a while. The dim lighting and creepy old... More 

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Vlad97, Owner at Historic Museum of Torture Devices, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review of the museum. We rely on comments from our visitors to help make any improvements. We appreciate your taking the time to review it .We hope you will return, as we are getting additional exhibits. More 

Saint Louis, Missouri
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2014

Made the trek from West St. Louis county to Alton for this museum on a Sunday and -- even though it says it's open -- the owner/museum director never showed up. We waited around until 2 p.m. because another shopkeep in the mall said "she came in around 2 yesterday." Very unprofessional. A big waste of my time. Never got... More 

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Vlad97, Owner at Historic Museum of Torture Devices, responded to this review

I am sorry for your disappointing visit to the Museum. I had a family emergency and was unable to get anyone to open for me. This feedback tho' negative is valuable and has been taken into consideration. I hope you will visit again .We have some new displays. My apologies. More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2014

This is an interesting "museum", which is more like a separate area in a room that also has antiques so it never has a real feel of a museum. Nonetheless, it does offer some interesting devices (~ 40) used for torture but there are no actual devices, as they are all replicas with the smaller ones displayed in glass cabinets... More 

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Vlad97, Owner at Historic Museum of Torture Devices, responded to this review

I am glad that overall you liked your visit to the museum and that you posted pictures. We value all reviews and would like to thank you for taking the time to share your view and the pictures. More 

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