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Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum)

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The museum exhibits in 2 buildings and on 6 floors Germany`s most important collection of legal history. The highlight of this museum is its exploration into the unusual law enforcement techniques used by local rulers in medieval and early modern...more
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Burggasse 3, 91541, Rothenburg, Bavaria, Germany
+49 9861 5359
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 31 March 2004

This should a definite stop on your trip to Rothenburg. Although there are no English tours, almost all the displays are explained in English. It's really a fascinating preservation of medieval history. I would allow a minimum of an hour and a half to walk...More

6  Thank sactosally
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 24 November 2012

So my sister, visiting from the states and less than 5 minutes into the museum, asked her friend if "HItler ever used this stuff" - was overheard by the museum lady and got shown to the exit! Rules are rules I suppose, but she had...More

5  Thank kentwaller
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was heralded as a highlight of the little town; a must-see. It wasn't and isn't. There are far more interesting museums. Plus, if you are not fit, you will not be able to see the whole place, which requires you to walk up several...More

Thank ahmlaw
Reviewed 9 October 2018

It is amazing and sad how many forms of punishment there were to torture people. I found the shame masks interesting.

Thank revG777
Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

This is one of the most unusual collections you will ever see. Medieval Europe was unbelievably cruel and the collection includes torture devices, execution swords, an Iron Maiden, and shame masks. The latter are especially interesting as people were forced to wear them in public...More

Thank Donald B
Reviewed 4 October 2018

I thought this museum was very interesting. Not to big or small. Very eye opening on crime and punishment and, ugh, torture!

Thank Jules1022
Reviewed 27 September 2018

This is a very interesting museum. Tools of torture and obscure laws from the past. For instance, if you fell asleep in church, you had to wear an enormous rosary around your neck. Dressing outside of your station? Death! Only took about 30 minutes. Would...More

Thank kelliec975
Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

Usually this kind of museum is “”hokey”, but in this case it was well worth a visit. Yes, it’s all about the history of torture in Germany during the Middle Ages, but then so much more. It’s actually a huge slice of medieval history and...More

Thank MIA-Bob
Reviewed 18 September 2018 via mobile

Based on all the great reviews we had to check it out but we left after 30 min as it wasn't really our thing. Museum was nicely curated but we preferred to spend our time in the town.

Thank account4fun
Reviewed 11 September 2018

This visit was extremely interesting -- from the prison wagons to the chastity belts (ouch) and onwards. Gives you a vivid sense of another part of the medieval world

Thank AliceMoerk
Reviewed 10 September 2018

I guess if you want to see how evil the 17th Century was and wanted to study the details, this is the place to go. You will see all of the instruments of torture and embarrassment and pictures demonstrating their use. Then, it is a...More

1  Thank KenFromIllinois
Reviewed 29 August 2018

Not only do you get to see up close medieval torture devices you've only seen in drawings, but you see devices made to shame and ridicule.

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9 April 2018|
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Response from PR_Kriminalmuseum | Property representative |
Dear Dippy5ster, the entrance fee for adults would be 7,00 EUR, we also offer reduced entrance fees for pupils (3,50 EUR), college students (4,00 EUR), senior citizens (6,00 EUR) and families (17,00 EUR - 2 adults... More
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3 April 2018|
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Response from PR_Kriminalmuseum | Property representative |
Dear alohakoa, thank you very much for your inquiry. You can visit the museum at any time unhesitatingly, there will be no such long queues. The opening hours in May are from 10 am to 6 pm (last admission 5.15 pm). In case... More
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13 November 2017|
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Response from PR_Kriminalmuseum | Property representative |
Dear Marlaflood, the entrance fees are 7,00 EUR for adults and 3,50 EUR for pupils. We also have reduced prices for senior citizens, students and families. Kind regards, the museum´s team.
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