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Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum)

Burggasse 3, 91541, Rothenburg, Bavaria, Germany
+49 9861 5359
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The museum exhibits in 2 buildings and on 6 floors Germanys most important collection of legal history. The highlight of this museum is its exploration into the unusual law enforcement techniques used by local rulers in medieval and early modern times, such as torture instruments, shame punishments or instruments to execute corporal punishments or death penalties. Numerous displays, original graphics by famous masters as Dürer, Grien and Rembrandt as well as original documents, seals and law books from the 13th - 19 th centuries show the development of law in past centuries.The homes and walls of Rothenburg show visitors the mileau of times gone by without telling much about the lawful circumstances of its residents. Arising questions? Answers can be found in the Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum.
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Burggasse 3, 91541, Rothenburg, Bavaria, Germany
+49 9861 5359
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Reviewed yesterday

Come and see how people were really punished in days gone by. Not really good for little kids - may 12 plus as it would be boring for kids.

Thank Sassy V
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Second time visiting this museum. They have expanded the museum to include a portion on the witch trials in Europe during the 14 through 16th centuries (over 50,000 executed). Very interesting. Our family of five was 17 euros. Well worth it. On the downside, only...More

Thank Jake H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here with our 10 year old boy and he loved looked at all the torture tools 😬😬 it's a great little museum with a large number of artifacts! At the end there is a cafe and small amount of souvenirs. A good start...More

Thank LadyDoeswijk
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited this museum expecting to see a lot of stuff. In fact it was quite interesting but not in the way we thought: we visited way better museums. Maybe the city is too small for a good museum. We can advise to go to...More

Thank bluepoint29
Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum was most interesting, but the city as a whole was most interesting. We took a tour from Munich and learned how the city is used today any time a picture show wants to do a story during the Medieval ages.

Thank jamesbond44
Reviewed 1 week ago

More than other museum of this kind, this one presents a lot of medieval documents about crime, law and punishment. All instruments of torture are complementary to the documents presented. There are three exhibition floors that needs at least an hour to visit. No less...More

Thank JorgeCalasansMaia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this museum and followed the arrows and almost missed the upper floors where most of the exhibits were on display. They have a wide range of punishment helmets ... something that I had not seen before. Also more documents than one could ever...More

Thank dojies
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The museum explores the concept and process of obtaining justice in the late medieval world. While devices of torture are on display, so are other artificers connected to early judicial systems. Fascinating!

Thank Jennifer N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great experience in this medieval style museum. A lot to see about crime and punishment. Reserve around one and a half hour for it. It was worth the visit.

Thank PatriciaBrisbane
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is nicely laid out and there are English translations for 95% of the items. They need to have AC in the summer no matter how interesting it is by the time you walk around in there for 2-3 hours you are wiped out. I...More

Thank Eric H
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Cheryl A
2 April 2017|
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Response from Drsjones | Reviewed this property |
Self guided for sure
Jeff H
19 May 2015|
Response from Peter F | Reviewed this property |
you should plan about 1 hour, if you want to get an good overview and don't go into all time consuning details. If you like this topic, probably plan 2 to 3 hours. adult is 5.-€ in 2015
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