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Museum of Medieval Torture Instruments, Prague

Museum of Medieval Torture Instruments, Prague

If you enjoy the macabre, don’t miss visiting the Museum of Medieval Torture Instruments next to the Charles Bridge. Don’t get the idea that the Czechs spent their time torturing state enemies, witches or heretics – this rather gruesome collection comes from all over Europe.

The museum is set on three floors and holds 60 different instruments of torture dating back to the Inquisition. There are many you will recognise from films, such as the rack, the Iron Maiden and stocks, and a lot that you won’t including Spanish boots, knee or head crushers, a garrotting chair and a spiked chair. Some of the exhibits are truly mind-boggling – male chastity belts and spiked instruments for anal torture.

Each instrument is accompanied by a picture showing unfortunate victims wearing expressions of very believable agony, and there are detailed explications in various languages of how the instrument was used, why and the effects it produced.

At first sight the museum might seem merely interesting, but as you visit and read about the methods of torture used by our ancestors on people who had done little other than being accused of heresy, you begin to see these instruments in a new, rather stomach-wrenching light.

The visit takes about an hour and a half and there is a museum shop where you can buy books with photos and explanations and posters, but sorry, no thumb-screws!

Open daily 10:00 am – 10 pm.

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Sight Name: Museum of Medieval Torture Instruments
Sight Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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