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Medieval Criminal and Torture Museum

Via San Giovanni, 123 | Via San Giovanni, 82, 53073, San Gimignano, Italy
+39 0577 940526
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You will have nightmares about it!

Very scary place. Good changes that you'll have nighmares about it. I would never go again in my... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Art J
If you are interested in a slice of dark history......

This venue is exactly what you would expect of a museum about instruments of torture. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Medieval and criminal Torture Museum of San Gimignano: "A collection of instruments of torture" This exhibit includes images and words, a unique world-wide collection: 100 instruments produced for causing pain and death. It shows exceptionally rare pieces dated back to the XVI, XVII and XVIII century and more recent philological reconstructions of ancient and lost instruments. Very well known instruments such as the Iron Maiden, the Guillotine, the Rack, the Interrogation Chair and the Chastity Belt. But the peculiarity of the exhibit is showing to the public for the very first time less known but very refined instruments. From the Heretic’s Fork to the Noise-maker’s fifes, to the Gatta da Scorticamento to the Spanish Spiders, these instruments prove how human imagination and sophisticated intelligence had no limit in finding new ways to inflict the most atrocious and cruel tortures. One section of museum is entirely dedicated to witchcraf, witches hunt and to the Inquisition Tribunal.
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Via San Giovanni, 123 | Via San Giovanni, 82, 53073, San Gimignano, Italy
+39 0577 940526
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very scary place. Good changes that you'll have nighmares about it. I would never go again in my life. Gave me nightmares for years.

Thank Art J
Reviewed 1 week ago

This venue is exactly what you would expect of a museum about instruments of torture. The advertisement suggests a Da Vinci connection. That is false advertising. There is NOTHING in this museum related to that great inventor! However the displays are thorough and plentiful. Another...More

Thank ChipFrazier
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We wish we hadn't gone in. The museum was quite expensive at €10 each (although this did include admittance to the opposite museum which was much better). The displays were a mixture of original and replica pieces some had English descriptions but not all. It...More

Thank Scott C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place will cause nightmares. Don't take your kids with you. Better still , don't enter. This place emphasisers the evil that used to exist in humans , only sick minds could create these objects of torture . The displays include English and the setup...More

Thank surfabout
Reviewed 11 May 2017

Our seven year old was attracted to this shop front by the gentleman in full-dress armour at the door. Inside he was awestruck by the replica of Leonardo di Vinci's war machines...a fun stop for boys of all ages...not so much for most girls.

Thank soosihongkong
Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

This museum is quite interesting. I've discovered torture means that I never thought would exist. I really wonder how some people came up with such Sadistic ways to torture or to kill other humans. The entry is 10€ for adults. It also includes the entry...More

Thank Aurelien1304
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

We stumbled into this tiny museum while walking the medieval streets in San Gimignano. The museum needs a bit of care in the exhibitions. Overall was interesting and kept my attention in the different torture techniques used in the medieval times.

Thank E R
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

This is an interesting collection of barbaric torture methods throughout the ages. The museum has made the most of the space and put together an entertaining exhibit. Well worth an hour of your time... Just make sure to come back into the light!

Thank Matthew C
Reviewed 6 March 2017

This museum is very disturbing, you can read the explanations of the methods of torture while looking at the instruments. But it's also interesting to learn about the crazy things that were happening during the inquisition times.

Thank Lilou_Lilas5
Reviewed 27 February 2017

its scary a little bit but fine .also you can also find DA Vinci war machines including flying inventions, war inventions and other innovations

Thank Nour M
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Will the museum be open in May 2015?
9 January 2015|
Response from Alessandro M |
Yep, of course!
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