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Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum)

Burggasse 3, 91541, Rothenburg, Bavaria, Germany
+49 9861 5359
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The museum exhibits in 2 buildings and on 6 floors Germanys 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 times, such as torture instruments, shame punishments or instruments to execute corporal punishments or death penalties. Numerous displays, original graphics by famous masters as Dürer, Grien and Rembrandt as well as original documents, seals and law books from the 13th - 19 th centuries show the development of law in past centuries.The homes and walls of Rothenburg show visitors the mileau of times gone by without telling much about the lawful circumstances of its residents. Arising questions? Answers can be found in the Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum.
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Burggasse 3, 91541, Rothenburg, Bavaria, Germany
+49 9861 5359
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Pretty extensive assortment of interesting items....puts the Ripleys museum at Times Square NYC to shame, but there wasn't enough English text at the displays for me. Still worth the visit. There's a new sorcery exhibit in another building when you leave the main building.

Thank Richard T
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Very interesting if you're into medieval history, similar to the torture stuff in the Tower of London. Don't miss if you have an extra hour in Rothenburg.

Thank Daniel O
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is simply an attempt to get your money. While there are some interesting items on display, the displays repeat themselves over and over again. On top of that, the information it provides is not always accurate - or let me say inconsistent with itself....More

Thank Jeff C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Medieval times left us with some beautiful buildings in Rothenburg but the era had a very dark side. This museum is certainly historically educating and there are some signs in English. Of more recent interest, just outside the museum are two replica coaches used when...More

Thank Betula103
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fascinating history of curious criminal laws and punishment in medieval Germany. Definitely helps if you speak German but would interesting enough with the basic English signs and the many many artefacts and exhibitions. I very much enjoyed the sections dedicated to Rothenburg odT. Would definitely...More

Thank Megan T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great historically-filled museum with interesting artifacts and information about the Medieval times that I haven't seen in a collection anywhere else. A very large portion of the information is translated into English and the museum has enough content that one could spend...More

Thank JayneLandua
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Any trip to Rothenburg should include a trip here. Many people are romantically tied to this beautiful city, but the Middle Ages was not always filled with happy memories. Things were sometimes ugly and dirty. Going through this museum will give you a sense of...More

Thank Steve G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Rothenburg is an one-of-a-kind town, so it's only fitting to have an one-of-a-kind museum here about a subject that's integral to a part of the town's history. We initially weren't sure how the topic of "medieval crime" could fill an entire museum. We were delightfully...More

2  Thank vetism
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a fantastic museum. It is very well planned and put together. The history of law/crime/punishment and torture in medieval Germany is fascinating and is worthy of a visit!

Thank Tammy C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is an original with many tortuous devices and stories of a day gone by, or is it? Not a must see unless it is your thing.

Thank Corbett C
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Cheryl A
Is this a site in which we should book a guided tour or is a self guided tour just fine?
3 April 2017|
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Response from Drsjones | Reviewed this property |
Self guided for sure
Jeff H
Staying overnight in Rothenburg in September, how long does it take to walk through the museum and how much does it cost?
20 May 2015|
Response from Peter F | Reviewed this property |
you should plan about 1 hour, if you want to get an good overview and don't go into all time consuning details. If you like this topic, probably plan 2 to 3 hours. adult is 5.-€ in 2015
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