Museum of Medieval Torture Instruments


The Museum of Medieval Torture Instruments (distinct from Torture Museum) is a small museum about medieval torture and torture devices, displaying over 100 instruments of torture that were in use in Europe till the 18th century.

Gruesome exhibits include an Iron Chair with spikes, Neck Trap, Spanish Tickler or Cat’s Paw which was used to tear away flesh from bones, Impalement devices, Head Crusher, Slings of iron, Knee Crusher, Devotional Cross, Heretic’s Fork, and Spanish Boot which was used to crush the feet. The centerpiece is a model of a guillotine, and there are information boards for each. There are some life-size human wax figures in various stages of disturbing torture.

It used to be a vodka museum earlier and the vodka shop is still open in the basement.

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