History stands out in almost every corner of Prague, and this is one of the reasons that make the city so special and beautiful. Prague also has a not-so-pleasant past, of mass murders, strange deaths, and torture. You can find them in the “regular” tourist attractions, such as Prague Castle Torture Chamber, but also on attractions more focused on terror. Museum Of Medieval Torture Prague, or at short Prague Torture Museum (Muzej Torture), will take you back several thousand years, to these dark times. It’s not the biggest, most impressive, nor the scariest museum you’ll find, even in the genre, but it can still be of interest to horror addicts.
What Is Prague Torture Museum?
f you’ve been to parallel museums around the world, you might know what to expect here: torture facilities, and lots of them. In this context, you will unsurprisingly find in the museum two floors with different types of torture and execution facilities from different periods of history. The installations are mainly from the Middle Ages, in which they were used, among others, by the Catholic Church and the Royal House, and among them tools for stretching, laying, retouching, cutting, and the like. In some rooms, you will find only the facilities themselves, and in others also wax dolls that allow you to understand a little how these horrors happened.
In total, there are about 100 exhibits here, spread over an area of about 400 square meters, accompanied by audio-visual effects designed to put the visitors in the right atmosphere. To the best of our understanding, most of the exhibits are reproductions, and not “the real thing”, which perhaps damages the authenticity of the place. Most facilities have an explanation in several languages, including English, so you can understand a little about how they worked and when exactly people used them. However, there is no audio guide or guided tour here, which makes the tour less dynamic than some people are looking for.
One of the main criticisms of the Prague Torture Museum – even compared to other museums dealing with similar subjects – is that it doesn’t offer any added value. So it’s true, there are exhibits in the torture museum – some more impressive and some less so. Apart from that, you won’t find any special attractions, actors or scares here. Scattered next to the installations are some works of art dedicated to the subject… and that’s about it. Unlike sites such as London’s dungeon, for example, which offer a more experiential dimension.
This means that a large number of visitors finish visiting all the rooms of the Torture Museum Prague in a short period, feeling that they did not get enough value for the amount they paid or refer to it as a “tourist trap” in the full sense of the word. Reviews of the place are mixed, at best, and it seems that this is a site that is not a must even for genre addicts.
Prague Torture Museum: all the information before the visit
Visiting the Torture Museum Prague is simple: it is located on Celenta Street, near the super-touristed Old Town Square and adjacent to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. If you take into account the fact that the visit to the Museum of Torture Prague is short (no more than half an hour to an hour usually), you can understand why you can combine it during the visit to the heart of Prague, or at the same time as the wax museum.
Torture Museum Prague Opening Hours
Medieval Torture Museum Prague is open Tuesday-Friday from 11:00-18:00, and Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00-20:00.
Museum Of Torture Prague Price
Torture Museum Prague price currently stands at 160 Czech crowns / 6 euros. A discounted ticket costs 100 kroner (€4) and is for children under 15, students up to 26, or adults over 65. Another option is a family ticket, for two adults and two children up to the age of 15, for 420 kroner (€16).
Those who want to combine the museum with Madame Tussauds will pay 12 euros for a regular ticket, 9 euros for a reduced ticket, or 32 euros for a family ticket.
Who Can Visit Torture Museum in Prague?
The place includes quite steep stairs, while the wandering around is done in quite narrow corridors, so it is not suitable for people with various physical disabilities. It is hard to believe that this museum will speak to children unless they are die-hard fans of horror and torture.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the official website of Museum of Torture Prague.