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Medieval Criminal and Torture Museum

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Address: Via San Giovanni, 123 | Via San Giovanni, 82, 53073, San Gimignano, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0577 940526
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Medieval and criminal Torture Museum of San Gimignano:

"A collection of...

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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Interesting addition to my 50th Birthday trip

We decided to check this out while in San Gimignano. Definitely wouldn't take really small kids but I found it interesting . Will make you appreciate not living during those... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 July 2016
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Kennesaw, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

We decided to check this out while in San Gimignano. Definitely wouldn't take really small kids but I found it interesting . Will make you appreciate not living during those times. You get to see the types of devices used in many areas of torture along with a great description of how and why they were used. I thought it... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

An interesting window into the darker side of mankind. The iron maiden, the rack, the thumbscrew, the skull crusher: they are all there to view, along with even more horrific devices. A display of an old electric chair next to pictures of modern execution methods remind us that we haven't changed as much as we perhaps think. Models of war... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

A very interesting museum showing all the instruments of torture that have been used since the medieval times across the years. You will grimace whilst walking around as some of the instruments are truly gruesome! We did see families visiting with very young children but they didn't seem affected by what they were seeing but I'm not sure I would... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

Lots of different medieval torture instruments to see, coupled with a lot of interesting and gruesome accounts of how they are used. Interesting military warfare designs from Leonardo Di Vinci, which were a surprise. Museum is bigger than it first appears so can spend a good hour or so looking at everything.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2016 via mobile

10Euro ticket gets you into both the Museum of Torture and Museum of Punishment. Interesting way to spend an hour out of the heat and busy streets. The information is mostly in English as well as Italian with a few exceptions. Dark and atmospheric, with more torture implements than you can shake a whip at.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2016

We bought the ticket which allows you entry to both the Museums Of Torture And Death Penalty which are on the same main street just meters away from each other. Both were very interesting and well worth the visit and we learnt so much about the past and what people used to do to each other to get confessions etc.... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2016

If you have lots of time and you've enjoyed this beautiful gem of an ancient city this place might be for you. Or if it is pouring rain and you do not want to get drenched.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2015 via mobile

This was a good way to spend time in San G. while the others were shopping. It has 2 different places for one price to see. I have seen some of the devices in pic or video but these were authentic and hair raising.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2015

I went here with my 13 year old and I found this museum fascinating. There are informative plaques in Italian and English explaining the torture techniques and for what "offences" they might be used for eg not believing in the same god as the perpetrator of the torture. The plaques also explained the devices of torture being used today which... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2015

very well documented but hard to see ...nothing to do with the museum but what they show didnt make me feel very well about human beings ....10 euros to see how people got tortured or killed .....wont do it again ....but ...just my opinion .....i wouldnt bring my children there

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