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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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Interesting and Disturbing

Extremely interesting and disturbing at the same time. Worth a visit, but maybe not with children... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Nicole A
Doha, Qatar
An Ethical Dilemma

Should we read about or see in grisly detail things that have (and continue in some cases) to cause... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2017
George C
Hobart, Australia
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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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  • Average24%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
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“death penalty” (4 reviews)
“dark side” (4 reviews)
“war machines” (3 reviews)
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Via San Giovanni, 123 | Via San Giovanni, 82, 53073, San Gimignano, Italy
+39 0577 940526
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Extremely interesting and disturbing at the same time. Worth a visit, but maybe not with children. The ticket will get you into both of the torture museums.

Thank Nicole A
Reviewed 20 August 2017

Should we read about or see in grisly detail things that have (and continue in some cases) to cause unimaginable suffering and death? yet families were going through these exhibitions... IS something wrong when see this a family entertainmen? Anyway this review takes the exhibit...More

Thank George C
Reviewed 16 June 2017

Gave me nightmares for a long time! Very scary place. Only for adults. Avoid if you're squimish at the sight of blood. Very scary and cruel things are shown.

Thank Art J
Reviewed 16 June 2017

Very scary place. Good changes that you'll have nighmares about it. I would never go again in my life. Gave me nightmares for years.

1  Thank Art J
Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

Quite small, albeit there are two separate venues that I was only later to find out about. The displays are all quite interesting and sadly demonstrates how evil and brutal man can be. Most of the displays are placarded in multiple languages. At least 45...More

Thank Oliver D
Reviewed 11 June 2017

This venue is exactly what you would expect of a museum about instruments of torture. The advertisement suggests a Da Vinci connection. That is false advertising. There is NOTHING in this museum related to that great inventor! However the displays are thorough and plentiful. Another...More

1  Thank ChipFrazier
Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

We wish we hadn't gone in. The museum was quite expensive at €10 each (although this did include admittance to the opposite museum which was much better). The displays were a mixture of original and replica pieces some had English descriptions but not all. It...More

Thank Scott C
Tor768, Direttore at Medieval Criminal and Torture Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2017
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Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

This place will cause nightmares. Don't take your kids with you. Better still , don't enter. This place emphasisers the evil that used to exist in humans , only sick minds could create these objects of torture . The displays include English and the setup...More

Thank surfabout
Reviewed 11 May 2017

Our seven year old was attracted to this shop front by the gentleman in full-dress armour at the door. Inside he was awestruck by the replica of Leonardo di Vinci's war machines...a fun stop for boys of all ages...not so much for most girls.

Thank soosihongkong
Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

This museum is quite interesting. I've discovered torture means that I never thought would exist. I really wonder how some people came up with such Sadistic ways to torture or to kill other humans. The entry is 10€ for adults. It also includes the entry...More

1  Thank Aurelien1304
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8 January 2015|
Response from Alessandro M |
Yep, of course!
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