Museum of Medieval Torture
Not for the faint of heart, Prague’s Museum of Medieval Torture Instruments is filled with macabre displays. You’ll see more than 60 torture devices from all over Europe, from iron maidens to garrotes and hot pincers to head crushers.
Located in the basement of a building in the heart of Prague, the museum is spread over three floors and across 14 exhibition rooms. Information about each device appears in several languages. You’ll also learn about medieval society and how torture was used in the Middle Ages to subdue heretics, “witches,” political rebels, and many more. Save time by buying your admission ticket online in advance.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Museum of Medieval Torture Instruments is a must-visit for those interested in medieval history.
Getting into the museum requires walking down several flights of stairs.
Children under age 15 receive discounted admission.
How to Get There
The Museum of Medieval Torture Instruments is in a well-trafficked part of Prague’s Old Town, on the square at the east end of Charles Bridge. The closest metro station is Staromestska, about a 5-minute walk from the museum. Karlovy Lazne tram stop is about a 2-minute walk away.
When to Get There
The museum is open every day, morning through evening. Allow 45 to 60 minutes to see the whole thing.
Museum of Torture and Torture Instruments
Prague has two museums of torture with similar names. The other one is called the Museum of Torture and Torture Instruments and is located close to the Old Town Square, at Celetna 12. More graphic, this museum displays its devices along with wax models as torture subjects (complete with sound effects), and features audiovisual depictions of a witch-burning and an execution by sword.
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