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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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Fascinating in a disturbing way

This museum was recommended in a book I own about places to visit with your children. The book... read more

Reviewed 30 August 2013
Plymouth, United Kingdom
Interesting, but not for kids

Well documented, great atmosphere... a trip to the dark side of the Middle Age, and humanity... read more

Reviewed 19 August 2013
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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 30 August 2013

This museum was recommended in a book I own about places to visit with your children. The book suggests that older children will find this museum fascinating. Certainly my 12 year old son was riveted by the exhibits. We spent an hour or so weaving...More

Thank Stubbyfolks
Reviewed 19 August 2013

Well documented, great atmosphere... a trip to the dark side of the Middle Age, and humanity. Detailed description on how devices and procedures were created to destroy persons.

Thank fidel_gomez
Reviewed 22 July 2013

We were glad we visited this museum. Our kids found it fascinating. However I would be careful of taking young kids there as some of the content is pretty horrific. It certainly made us glad we are not living in those days. It makes you...More

Thank Jayne M
Reviewed 4 July 2013

Amazing items from medieval times that were so realistic they were pretty scary. Well designed area (but you have to climb stairs) and the staff was very nice. Lifesized werewolf in the entry gets one's attention.

Thank Pat M
Reviewed 26 June 2013

This is a visit very much worth the small amount you must pay but you need to have your wits about you and not be squeamish. My wife had a tough time with this but the kids were fascinated. Not sure what that says about...More

3  Thank joe y
Reviewed 13 June 2013

Maybe its just us, but we did not like this museum. Many torture instruments with self explanatory pictures... Sad thing for the human race.

1  Thank Felix D
Reviewed 4 June 2013

Diane and I visited this museum in error without realizing what we had let ourselves into. €10 gets you into both exhibits The exhibits were both informative and gory. Man's inhumanity did not seem to have any boundaries. I'm sure there are still places on...More

Thank Brian A
Reviewed 19 April 2013

A museum of torture can also be found in Lucca. My husband went to the one in Lucca and found it interesting, so when we got to San Gimi, we both decided to visit the two museums (cost was 10 euro per person for the...More

1  Thank TypicalSilv
Reviewed 6 November 2012

We were attracted to the name and the theme.San Gimignano is one of the most beautiful small hill towns in all Tuscany and certainly the most medieval and preserved. We thought that a medieval museum of torture was certainly a must. First even with some...More

Reviewed 30 October 2012

Very polite staff. They allowed us to use the entrance ticket (10 Euros) over two days since we went later in the evening and didn't have time to look through everything. They have two museums covered by the entrance fee (about 30m apart). They are...More

2  Thank Stacy37
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