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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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An interesting but disturbing display, detailing the cruelty of the different types of torture from... read more

Reviewed 31 August 2016
Jenniiic
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Great fun

Admittedly not to everyone's taste but getting the opportunity to put my children in the stocks was... read more

Reviewed 23 August 2016
Tom B
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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Via San Giovanni, 123 | Via San Giovanni, 82, 53073, San Gimignano, Italy
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Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

An interesting but disturbing display, detailing the cruelty of the different types of torture from the distant to not so distant past. It's worth a visit, not too expensive and the entry gave you access to two museums.

1  Thank Jenniiic
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Admittedly not to everyone's taste but getting the opportunity to put my children in the stocks was too good to miss. Good interactive elements although putting on chainmail and platemail in 30 degree temperatures was not the best! Good family fun all round but the...More

2  Thank Tom B
Reviewed 9 August 2016

It is a very informative and educational museum but it seems to be a bit at odds with "touristic" medieval fairy tale that San Gimignano seems to be selling itself. You will learn and be outraged by medieval practices, but just make sure this is...More

1  Thank wdl
Reviewed 8 August 2016

Incredible to see how evil and sadistic humans can be, and with so many different "instruments" at display knowing it is not copies makes it kind of scary and creepy. That said, it is part history, and there are plenty educational and informative tables to...More

1  Thank Lars Juul G
Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

This museum they have everyvere, in Lucca , san Gimignano, Voltera, Montepulciano..... Maybe is a franchise. Not nice, not for kids...

1  Thank Spiderbar
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...More

Thank conniekravitz
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...More

Thank SchalkNZ
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...More

Thank Whitehalltraveller
Reviewed 15 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...More

Thank Richard A
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

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