Museo della Tortura di San Gimignano, San Gimignano

(3.3/5 based on 340+ reviews on the web)
Spine-chillingly creepy, Museo della Tortura di San Gimignano features a collection of medieval torture instruments. This attractions focuses on criminology, criminal law, and the medieval inquisition period, while a nearby sister museum concentrates on the death penalty. Exhibits explore the procedures commonly followed to eradicate the devil in men and women suspected of being guilty of heresy or witchcraft. Wax figures bring the pain and suffering to life on a walking tour of over 100 torture instruments from all over Europe and dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries. Take a look at our San Gimignano tourist route planner to schedule your visit to Museo della Tortura di San Gimignano and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Good collection of materials and machinery from torture used in history. It consists of two museums with one ticket (a little pricey given the size).
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  • Seen the cold day we refugees here. Definitely a very interesting museum that helps us to not forget how they were executed/punished past generations (subject obviously a bit raw, but it is known a priori). We visited with kids in tow and I must say I am impressed and interested. There are audio guides, but the signs explaining the use of each exhibit. I found it interesting.
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  • I recommend everyone to visit this small museum also together with the children, is personable and very well taken care of. To visit takes about an hour and a half.
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  • VERY gory. Do not take kids in here. In my opinion they shouldn't let kids in, it's not appropriate. If you're really into gory torture history, go at it... but I personally left after a few minutes. Not for the faint hearted.
  • The museum is very small, but the little town around it is awesome.
  • Same idea as the ones in Amsterdam, London and other places
  • Got me thinking about how many and what changes there have been throughout history. Beautiful old but very nice also the modern city. Really nice and interesting
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  • An interesting Museum which reveals the brutality of man over the centuries. Undoubtedly "creepy" but does reflect on what (and how) societies have evolved. Highly recommended (not too if you are with kids)
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