We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“doesn't worth it”

Medieval Criminal and Torture Museum
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: 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.
Athens, Greece
Level Contributor
45 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“doesn't worth it”
Reviewed 22 August 2014 via mobile

it is really expensive for what it offers. it's definitely not for small children. hard pictures. It would make sense if it
didn't cost more than 5€ per person.....

Helpful?
1 Thank basilis5
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

370 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    107
    144
    89
    23
    7
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Johns Creek, Georgia
Level Contributor
289 reviews
98 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Second rate”
Reviewed 16 August 2014

We had been to this museum 10 years ago but in a different location. This new museum sort of reminded me of going to the original Dungeons of London and then returning a few years later to find a theme park atmosphere. This isn't that bad but it is half the size of the other museum we saw 10 years ago. Our friends, who were excited to go because we talked so much about it, left without seeing the whole thing. They were that disappointed. We probably stayed 20 minutes or so. The original museum had more "real" pieces of torture and this one had heads and bodies etc. If you have not been to any other torture museum, you will probably find this interesting. Man is very creative when it comes to exhibiting man's inhumanity to man.

Visited August 2014
Helpful?
1 Thank BloggerLinda
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Charlotte, North Carolina
Level Contributor
13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“macabre and scary”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

This is a compact and graphic museum. Initially it was interesting, then horrific. Each room was quite well done, but awfully graphic. I didn't care to complete my tour of the exhibits.

Visited July 2014
Helpful?
3 Thank Tamara C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Athens, Georgia
Level Contributor
79 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“It is what it is... all depends on your interest level”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

You can learn a bit here, but it will be of the macabre and of the oddities of the human condition and what people do unto others. It isn't pretty, fancy or glamorous. They show you what for and what was done in the past.

Visited May 2014
Helpful?
Thank MakoRad
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Level Contributor
15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Horrible”
Reviewed 28 June 2014 via mobile

The ticket for entrance was 7€.It is not very big, but is foul of examples of how someone could torture the human life....Creepy

Helpful?
1 Thank manolis m
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Medieval Criminal and Torture Museum also viewed

San Gimignano, Province of Siena
San Gimignano, Province of Siena
 
San Gimignano, Province of Siena
 

Been to Medieval Criminal and Torture Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing