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Museum of Historic Torture Devices

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Address: 305 Broadway, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965-1592
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+1 630-628-9696

The Museum of Historic Torture Devices provides a look into the darkest...

The Museum of Historic Torture Devices provides a look into the darkest chapters in human history. View several torture devices and descriptions of the barbaric ways they were used. Admission also includes access to the special exhibit: John Wayne Gacy- "Torture King of Chicago". The Museum of Historic Torture Devices is located in Downtown Wisconsin Dells. Open daily mid-June through Labor Day and weekends only in Spring & Fall.

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My husband and I went to the Dell's in July and went to this museum for the first time. It was definitely awesome and interesting. We have been wanting to go and we liked it alot... read more

Reviewed 23 July 2014
Brittney B
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Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

This by far was the best part of my dells experience! So educational and interesting. Most items had full descriptions and history. If you like the darker side of history definitely check this out. I've seem some reviews saying it was too short and cheap looking- these are the people who didn't read the plaques and don't appreciate the significance... More 

1 Thank Autumn T
Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
Reviewed 28 July 2014

A dozen old things and printed pictures from the internet doesn't mean museum. The special Gacy exhibit was a few newspaper clippings and a painting that he did. Steer clear of this place and buy fudge or mini golf with the money instead.

Thank Neal M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 July 2014 via mobile

My husband and I went to the Dell's in July and went to this museum for the first time. It was definitely awesome and interesting. We have been wanting to go and we liked it alot. We had the splash card so we only had to pay for one person so we were happy about that and the price wasn't... More 

1 Thank Brittney B
Yankton, South Dakota, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2014 via mobile

Went 2 this d/t having 1/2 to burn before ghost boat. Used splash card and was able 2 get son and I in for 9.00. Actually enjoyed this more than Ripleys. Small area but interesting. Unique items. Have 2 be able 2 read plaques 2 get full benefit. If u enjoy gruesome, strange things then this is for u!

3 Thank dotblank
Green Bay, Wisconsin
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2013 via mobile

Being a slightly off person, this place intrigued me. I got a attraction bundle deal ( if you've been to wis dells you'll know exactly what that is. It's only offered every 3 feet) so the price was rather cheap. Overall I was creeped out and intrigued with all of it. The pictures of the items used are not gory... More 

1 Thank Jeepfrk_cj
Ashland, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2013

This was our 2nd visit, enjoyed it just as much this time as the 1st. The entry isn't outrageous and it's a part of our history. A sick part, but nonetheless, it was interesting to read everything. Will visit again next summer.

1 Thank wisconny_woman88
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 505 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2013

I walked through the Torture Museum while the rest of the family did Wizard Quest. It cost me $8 or $9 to get in. The museum is teeny tiny. It's really just one room with barricades put up to section everything off. Most of it is reading placards on the wall, but there's also a few actual exhibits of the... More 

1 Thank kren250
Winnipeg, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2013

Interesting exhibits of the horrible things humans do to each other. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Definatly not for kids or the squeamish. Took about 45 minutes to walk through and read all of the placards.

Thank Marli F
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2013

The Torture Museum is full of old torture devices along with a written description of how it was used. Not for the young or faint of heart. Definitely worth a look if you are interested in that type of thing. Takes about 30 minutes. Friendly staff. Check the website for a coupon.

1 Thank Chelle0422
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2013 via mobile

My wife and I visited this place and thought we could kill an hour. WRONG!!! It took a whopping 10 mins. and thats only bc I read everything they had. Even though it had a few neat exhibits, I wouldn't go back or recommend this to any of my friends. Wouldve been pissed off at a 2.00 cover, let alone... More 

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