Amsterdam

Museum of Torture

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449 Singel,
Amsterdam,

Netherlands,
1012.

Explore the world of the macabre and marvel at the horrendous means of ancient punishment at this museum, housed in a small, dungeon-esque building where the gruesome, working instruments are on full display. Exposed brick walls, dark and weathered wood floors, and dim lighting create a spooky atmosphere. Framed drawings illustrate how the items would have been used, from classics like the guillotine and rack, to lesser known (but no less imposing) tools of the trade like iron masks used for gagging victims and the Inquisition Chair, which is laden with metal spikes and leather straps that tightened victims to their death.