This museum shows ‘the painful past’ of punishment, from the Middle Ages until a few centuries ago, Every European city had its pilory on the market place and its gallows field at the gate. The rack below the city hall was a usual method for sharp interrogation, and the executioner was considered an artisan: ‘The first stroke is the one that counts”. Clerics and lawyers devised special means against the exceptional crimes of witchcraft and heresy. The Spanish Inquisition disposed of a huge arsenal of instruments to fight against the evil works of the devil.
The international exhibition displays over 40 instruments of punishment from different parts of Europe, from the Cloak of Shame to the Inquisition Chair, up to the Guillotine. The exhibits are illustrated with historical engravings and background information in six languages.
The Torture Museum organises upon request guided tours for schools, students and other groups. Also background information is offered, in order to make people think about torture and death penalty in the world today.