Age-old European instruments of torture and capital execution

Images and testimonies of torture from the Middle Ages to the Industrial Era.

These items come from all over Europe; some of them are rare and dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries, or perfect copies of hard to find originals from the 1800s and 1900s. Complex machinery shows how human imagination and intelligence had no limits in the research for instruments of torture.

Arms, devices and instruments of torture, for capital execution and public humiliation, engravings, prints and original paintings. The collection is furnished with pictures and descriptions in different languages.

The presentation, despite the subject of the museum, is sober, made up of images and testimonies that represent faithfully the atrocity of the violation of human rights.
An exhibition that aims to be an accusation against torture and capital execution and that wishes to attract the visitors’ attention to those countries where democracy and human rights are a mirage.

Torture Museum


Piazza XX Settembre, 3
56048 – Volterra (PI)
Phone: +39 0588 80501


From 15/03 to 01/11: daily open from 10:00 am until 07:00 pm


Full Euro 8.00
Reduced (6/14, students and over 60) Euro 6.00
Small groups and school groups (min 15 pax) Euro 3.00

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Official Website Museo della Tortura
Consorzio Turistico Volterra Valdicecina Valdera S.c.r.l.
Via Franceschini, 34 - 56048 Volterra (PI) - PIVA 01308340502
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