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by Mandan Lynn
Smithwick, South Dakota
January 24, 2007
From journal Wonderful Wintery Prague
London, United Kingdom
September 22, 2005
There isn't that much to see, so it doesn't take too long to go around the whole place, so it is easy to fit into an afternoon exploring the old town. The pieces all have detailed descriptions of how and why they were used in the past, which were thankfully provided in English. Otherwise, it would have been difficult to know how some of the more bizarre instruments were used.
It is certainly not for the fainthearted, but preferable, in my book, to the snake museum next door.
From journal Winter Break in Prague
April 13, 2004
From journal Birthday Break in Prague
Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
January 14, 2004
It shares its box office with the Museum of Creepy Crawlies (honest), and you pay and go off in the direction of the one you're there to visit (you can buy joint tickets for both and save some money!)
Despite the small size of the museum, they have managed to cram in quite a number of exhibits form old stocks, racks, and even an iron maiden -- victims would be enclosed in the wooden casing on this device and then screws would be tightened before driving spikes into the victim through the shell; very gruesome. Most of the exhibits are from this part of the world, a disturbing number are from Germany and there are others from various parts of northern Europe – they’re mostly medieval, many relating to the trials of women accused of being witches.
The captions are in English and Czech -- a few are in German or French (but not many).
There are also boards describing the scene of particular historic periods, giving general overviews of torture in particular countries, etc. There are also prints of old drawings or paintings with a torturous theme and explanations of how they fit into historical context.
I did say the place is small -- you can probably spend no more than 40 minutes (at a push) here, but it is jolly good fun!
From journal Stags, Spires and Good Spirit