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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 Germany`s 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 at the Medieval Crime Museum.
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  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Burggasse 3, 91541, Rothenburg, Bavaria, Germany
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Reviewed 2 days ago

When my family and I read about this museum, we thought it would be all about torture and its instruments. Yes, there are pillories and chains, but also a good amount of informations about law, tradition, lores, social expectations and different forms of punishment. Also,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I think we had to buy a ticket for a nominal fee of 7 or 8 Euros a head to enter here. There are no guides to show you around(not to my knowledge at least) Everything is self explanatory with labels in English. You just...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is probably a good stop for those intrigued by medieval crime and torture. Relics and books were encased behind thick glass. There were English translations next to the German scripts. Warning for those with physical limitations, there were a lot of stairs and it...More

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PR_Kriminalmuseum, Medienassistentin at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear SuzeeDee_11, thank you for your rating and feedback. We are sorry to hear that you weren't fully satisfied with your visit of the Crime Museum. We take our visitor's criticism very seriously and work daily to improve the museum. As a private museum, which...More

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Reviewed 19 April 2018

I was really looking forward to this based on reviews, but it was just OK. I don't think my family enjoys museums very much, and my teen girls found the torture concept a little upsetting. My youngest seemed bored. It is a nice museum for...More

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PR_Kriminalmuseum, Medienassistentin at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear RainSeattleMom, thank you very much for your rating and your feedback. Only the criticism of our visitors - both the positive and the negative - allows us to improve the museum more and more. We will also consider your contribution when it comes to...More

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Reviewed 12 April 2018

My son loves all things medieval history and this museum was right up his alley. There are excellent displays of items from the period as well and copious info for us non-buffs. I was pleased at how much I enjoyed it as well.More

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PR_Kriminalmuseum, Medienassistentin at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2018

Dear swgreene, thank you very much for your great rating and your feedback. We are very glad that your son liked the museum and it makes us particularly happy that the Crime Museum was able to surprise you in a positive way. Best regards, the...More

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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

The exhibits were quite extensive and described in both English and German. Over could learn a lot if one read all of them but it would take hours. If you're into history this is a pretty good choice.More

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PR_Kriminalmuseum, Medienassistentin at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

Dear MadtownChris, thank you very much for your positive rating and your friendly recommendation. We are very glad to to hear that you were satisfied with your visit of the Crime Museum and we hope you had a great time in Rothenburg. Kind regards, the...More

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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

There are so many exhibits here with rare artifacts, books, and manuscripts galore. The history of how misconduct was defined and dealt with in the Middle ages is depicted in many ways. There are masks that people were forced to wear when they were shamed...More

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PR_Kriminalmuseum, Medienassistentin at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

Dear WStaso, thank you very much for rating us with five stars and for your detailed and helpful feedback. We are very glad to hear that you found your visit of the Crime Museum informative and would be happy to welcome you again some day...More

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Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

We came here with our teenagers in March. We got here at 1300 when they opened and they were a little crowded since they are still operating on their modified winter hours. We got the 17€ family pass that got all four of us in....More

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PR_Kriminalmuseum, Medienassistentin at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

Dear Danielle K. thank you very much for your positive rating and your detailed feedback. We are glad that you had an interesting time at the Crime Museum with your family. We would be glad to offer you an English guided tour for your next...More

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Reviewed 7 March 2018 via mobile

Yes, i am a eccentric interested in torture and its history. this is the place to visit in the world if you want to see the actual instruments and documents about torture in Germany. You will discover just how evil we can be to one...More

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PR_Kriminalmuseum, Medienassistentin at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2018

Dear mpmayer2, thank you very much for rating the Crime Museum with 5 stars and for your friendly recommendation. We would be glad to welcome you again some time in the future and hope you had a wonderful time in Rothenburg. Kind regards, the museum's...More

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Reviewed 12 February 2018

This museum was not on our list of things 'to do' but what a great museum. The exhibitions are very informative and sometimes graphic, be prepared! There's a nice coffee shop within the final exhibition if you need a drink?More

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PR_Kriminalmuseum, Medienassistentin at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2018

Dear AngelRaider, thank you very much for rating aus with 5 * and your great feedback. We are happy to hear that you liked our museum and would be glad to welcome you again as our guest some time in the future. Kind regards, the...More

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Dippy5ster
9 April 2018|
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Dear Dippy5ster, the entrance fee for adults would be 7,00 EUR, we also offer reduced entrance fees for pupils (3,50 EUR), college students (4,00 EUR), senior citizens (6,00 EUR) and families (17,00 EUR - 2 adults... More
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2 April 2018|
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Dear alohakoa, thank you very much for your inquiry. You can visit the museum at any time unhesitatingly, there will be no such long queues. The opening hours in May are from 10 am to 6 pm (last admission 5.15 pm). In case... More
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Dear Marlaflood, the entrance fees are 7,00 EUR for adults and 3,50 EUR for pupils. We also have reduced prices for senior citizens, students and families. Kind regards, the museum´s team.
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