We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Museum of Historic Torture Devices

Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 305 Broadway, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965-1592
Phone Number:
+1 630-628-9696
Website
Description:

The Museum of Historic Torture Devices provides a look into the darkest...

The Museum of Historic Torture Devices provides a look into the darkest chapters in human history. View several torture devices and descriptions of the barbaric ways they were used. Admission also includes access to the special exhibit: John Wayne Gacy- "Torture King of Chicago". The Museum of Historic Torture Devices is located in Downtown Wisconsin Dells. Open daily mid-June through Labor Day and weekends only in Spring & Fall.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 58 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 13
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
So creepy

I was too scared to go thru. Events that really happened on the planet... yikes... when I saw that Gacey picture that was enough for me... I want to see happy stuff in the... read more

Reviewed 1 October 2014
Sharon L
,
Chicago, Illinois
Add Photo Write a Review

58 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Showing 58: English reviews
Brainerd, Minnesota, United States
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2014

When I first walked in, I was surprised at the very small size of the museum and how cheap their "scary" props were, but I found that by doubts were swept away by the interesting way they presented things. The museum shows some of the most horrible things that human beings have done to other human beings, but not in... More 

Helpful?
4 Thank Lizzi O
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2014

I was too scared to go thru. Events that really happened on the planet... yikes... when I saw that Gacey picture that was enough for me... I want to see happy stuff in the Dells... if you like that kind of thing you'll probably love it... too much for me... the man at the desk was funny.

Helpful?
2 Thank Sharon L
Ontario, Canada
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 August 2014

This by far was the best part of my dells experience! So educational and interesting. Most items had full descriptions and history. If you like the darker side of history definitely check this out. I've seem some reviews saying it was too short and cheap looking- these are the people who didn't read the plaques and don't appreciate the significance... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Autumn T
Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
Reviewed 28 July 2014

A dozen old things and printed pictures from the internet doesn't mean museum. The special Gacy exhibit was a few newspaper clippings and a painting that he did. Steer clear of this place and buy fudge or mini golf with the money instead.

Helpful?
Thank Neal M
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 July 2014 via mobile

My husband and I went to the Dell's in July and went to this museum for the first time. It was definitely awesome and interesting. We have been wanting to go and we liked it alot. We had the splash card so we only had to pay for one person so we were happy about that and the price wasn't... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Brittney B
Yankton, South Dakota, United States
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2014 via mobile

Went 2 this d/t having 1/2 to burn before ghost boat. Used splash card and was able 2 get son and I in for 9.00. Actually enjoyed this more than Ripleys. Small area but interesting. Unique items. Have 2 be able 2 read plaques 2 get full benefit. If u enjoy gruesome, strange things then this is for u!

Helpful?
3 Thank dotblank
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2013 via mobile

Being a slightly off person, this place intrigued me. I got a attraction bundle deal ( if you've been to wis dells you'll know exactly what that is. It's only offered every 3 feet) so the price was rather cheap. Overall I was creeped out and intrigued with all of it. The pictures of the items used are not gory... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Jeepfrk_cj
Ashland, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
48 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2013

This was our 2nd visit, enjoyed it just as much this time as the 1st. The entry isn't outrageous and it's a part of our history. A sick part, but nonetheless, it was interesting to read everything. Will visit again next summer.

Helpful?
1 Thank wisconny_woman88
Iowa
Level Contributor
447 reviews
235 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 508 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2013

I walked through the Torture Museum while the rest of the family did Wizard Quest. It cost me $8 or $9 to get in. The museum is teeny tiny. It's really just one room with barricades put up to section everything off. Most of it is reading placards on the wall, but there's also a few actual exhibits of the... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank kren250
Winnipeg, Canada
Level Contributor
205 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2013

Interesting exhibits of the horrible things humans do to each other. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Definatly not for kids or the squeamish. Took about 45 minutes to walk through and read all of the placards.

Helpful?
Thank Marli F

Travellers who viewed Museum of Historic Torture Devices also viewed

 

Been to Museum of Historic Torture Devices? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Museum of Historic Torture Devices and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Holland, Michigan
4 months ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Museum of Historic Torture Devices staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?