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Torture Museum, Amsterdam

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Visit Torture Museum to discover Europe's grisly past. The real torture instruments on display were used across the continent from the Middle Ages up until a few centuries ago. As you wander the small maze of dimly lit rooms, you'll come face-to-face with some original torture instruments and many reconstructions. Learn about the Cloak of Shame, the Inquistion Chair, the Guillotine, and many more. Use our Amsterdam vacation planner to visit Torture Museum on your trip to Amsterdam, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • For 15 euros, my husband and I were in and out in under 20 minutes, which included us taking photos of the exhibits and drawings. You're alone with a small paragraph of the devices, with not all of th...  more »
  • Unique and unusual Museum is a magnet for many visitors. The Museum's dark little leaves her feeling visitors dark heart add nchas mp, MOSS and shade of the museum documenting the various techniques that resulted in the dark history of human suffering. The Museum is full of appalling torture and chilling used fans at different times to deface their bodies and souls of hunted in various pretenses. Visiting the Museum is not easy but definitely worth and curious and learn something about human nature and medieval past.
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  • The entrance is €7.50, which seemed to me a good price, (first) I went to the bathroom, which is just before the start, and from that moment I knew that it was a total fraud. Well, enter, only to confirm my suspicions: information was scarce and deficient (I could have found better on the internet), there were images that had no information and the exhibited pieces are very few; zero interactive, video, audio, nothing, read-only. The only torture was to spend my money and my valuable 20-minute tour. The admission is €7.50 which seemed to me a reasonable price. As soon as I got in I knew it was going to be horrible. There is few information about the instruments and some doesn't even explain how it worked. There are images with no info at all, and very few current pieces that they promised to exhibit. The only torture I found here was spending my money and time in something I could've found on the internet.
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  • If you are the least interested in history, relics or medieval torture methods this will be your greatest dissapointment. I knew it was bad but this wasn't even sensational in any way, maybe the flickering dimmed light which caused the headaches of 4 of 5 in my travelling group. The information boards must have been written by someone who hated the idea of finishing sentences, while at the same time didn't want to give anything useful up in case you thought you actually was gonna learn something. But for people who just want to get off the streets for a couple of minutes I recommend it as it's not that expensive.
  • I think is such an interesting place. There should be more advertising because is Def part of our history. staff was very friendly and the museum was very informative. I would def recommend !
  • It was a fun visit. One walks through dark rooms reading descriptions on multilingual placards, around half accompanied by old worn torture devices of steel and/or wood. I took my time, lamenting the long and ongoing history of barbaric human cruelty. I was particularly struck by the final display, a guillotine, a stunning sight.
  • Don't waste your time and money. I am not wasting my time writing any more details. 👎
  • Very cool if you have a morbid fascination or are into Medieval history. Could probably use a bit of an update though, perhaps just piping some creepy music into the background? Enjoyed my experience though.

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