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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 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 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 at the Medieval Crime Museum.
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  • Very good45%
  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Burggasse 3, 91541, Rothenburg, Bavaria, Germany
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I’d probably give it 3.5 stars. It’s has really cool stuff, but the ratio of price vs hours of entertainment is steep. They force you to climb the steps to the top floor before you can go down to the exit, which was a pain...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

It shows many strange ways to shame people into being good Citizens ,apart from the brutal methods of torture & exicutions .It's on 3 floors and without a lift . Hidden behind a church in restoration it's easy to miss . DON'T

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a stop chosen by my girlfriend as a gift for me (putting up with the touristy side of Germany). It was an excellent choice. The collection and items are numerous and thorough. So, so many pictures taken at this museum. It was worth...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum will take time to visit. Only about 25% of the info in english but that will still take at least 1.5 hours to see. It is amazing the amount or artifacts preserved and information provided. There are lots of stairs to climb in...More

Thank BernieandJune
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very thorough look into the macabre ways of torture of the past with instruments and detailed instructions! You could easily spend a few hours there. Lots of kids there with parents explaining things to them. Interesting and informative displays of shaming and the laws...More

Thank Karen F
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was on the gruesome side- don’t take small children if you don’t want to be explaining what torture devices and witches are lol! I was with two college age sons and my husband- lots of reading involved- many documents and most explanations were in...More

Thank Shayla E
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My 8 year old son and I spent a couple of hours here looking at all the artefacts and reading all the information about the history etc. A fantastic collection of genuine items in great condition. I have visited other places which claim to have...More

Thank Craig N
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting, very hot inside in May, and a bit disturbing - kind of graphic. Not on my list of favorites, but it does deliver exactly what it advertises.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We heard this was one of the best "torture" museums in Europe and decided it was worth a visit. It definitely has a ton of old torture instruments, weapons, etc., but it also has a lot of information about how laws and the legal system...More

Thank Keith C
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PR_Kriminalmuseum, Medienassistentin at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Keith C, we would like to thank you for rating us with 5 stars as well as for your detailed and helpful feedback. We are happy to hear that you had an interesting and informative stay at the Crime Museum and hope to welcome...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When my family and I read about this museum, we thought it would be all about torture and its instruments. Yes, there are pillories and chains, but also a good amount of informations about law, tradition, lores, social expectations and different forms of punishment. Also,...More

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PR_Kriminalmuseum, Medienassistentin at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear RicherTrips, thank you for your positive rating and your feedback. We are especially glad that the museum was able to surprise you in a positive way . We hope you had a great time in Rothenburg and would be happy to welcome you again...More

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Dippy5ster
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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alohakoa
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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Marlaflood
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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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