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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.
  • Excellent39%
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  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Burggasse 3, 91541, Rothenburg, Bavaria, Germany
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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?

Thank AngelRaider
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Last minute decision to go here, well worth it! very unique items to be seen here that mostly deal with crimes and punishment from medieval times. Go!

Thank follome
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Interesting museum if you're into the history of torture! Good way to spend some time inside from the cold weather.

Thank ChristchurchKevin
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Germany is a wonderful country with so many cities to see. The Bavarian state is my most favorite area and to truly enjoy and see everything, you really need two weeks and make your way from Frankfurt all the way down to Oberammergau and Garmisch...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The exhibition was more varied and substantial than we had expexted. The museum is quite large and provides a lot of interesting background material and in-depth history and explanations.

Thank Arbeide
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was very nervous about visiting this museum but a friend said that I "must go"... so I did. I was worried that it would be all crime and punishment and it was not. There was a lot to see that did not involved torture...More

Thank Heidi B
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PR_Kriminalmuseum, Medienassistentin at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Heidi B, thank you very much for your rating and your detailed feedback! We are especially glad that you were positively surprised by the Crime Museum. We hope you had a great stay in Rothenburg and would be very happy to welcome you again...More

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Reviewed January 17, 2018

I have to warn the fellow tourists, who speak no German - a lot of the descriptions are only in this language ("-1" to my rating for it). For me personally it was interesting to read these text walls, but I'm sure many people won't...More

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

Dear moroser, thank you very much for your positive rating and feedback. We are happy that you enjoyed your visit of the Crime Museum. It is very important to us to offer our international guests as much information as possible and many displays are already...More

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Reviewed January 17, 2018

We spent a very interesting hour or so touring the Medieval Criminal Museum in Rothenburg. I was very impressed by the number of exhibits available, as well as the array of languages available for visitors. I found myself gasping at the ways one could run...More

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

Dear knotheadusc, thank you very much for your great rating and your very detailed and helpful feedback! We are glad that you enjoyed your visit, hope you had a great stay in Rothenburg and that we can welcome you again some time in the future....More

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Reviewed January 8, 2018 via mobile

We concur with Rick Steves who lists this museum as the best of its kind. It accommodated a large group and has student prices. Many excellent exhibits and all were translated into English which made it come alive!More

Thank Melinda P
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PR_Kriminalmuseum, Medienassistentin at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), responded to this reviewResponded January 16, 2018

Dear Melinda P, wow, thank you very much for your great rating and feedback! We feel very honored to be called the best museum of its kind - by Rick Steves as well as by you. We hope you had a wonderful time in Rothenburg...More

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Reviewed January 3, 2018 via mobile

This museum has so much more than I thought it would. Very interesting. You need a full two hours if you really want to read about each exhibit. We were even a bit rushed at the end. The extra exhibit about Martin Luther was very...More

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PR_Kriminalmuseum, Medienassistentin at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2018

Dear Cami D., thank you very much for your rating and your feedback. We are happy that you were positively surprised by our exhibition and want to apologize that you were rushed at the end. We would be all the more pleased if we could...More

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Marlaflood
November 13, 2017|
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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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Cheryl A
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Self guided for sure
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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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