The museum certainly has noble intentions. They want to discuss one of Christianity’s darkest periods - the Inquisition - and they want to exhibit gruesome tools of torture, but they don’t want to exploit morbidity. As such, the atmosphere at the museum is engaging but not stomach turning. There are a total of 60 devices from the 16th to the 18th centuries - the stretch scale, the pillory, the bust spiked, chastity mask and more - mostly collected off the street. Naples takes a lot of pride in having resisted the influence of the Inquisition in its history.
- EUR 5 for 65+.
- EUR 4 for students.
- Free for kids under 10.
- Last entry at 7pm.
- Bus E1, E2 stop Duomo-s.biagio Dei Librai.
- Subway L1 stop Museo
- Subway L2 stop Cavour
- Buses 147, 182, 184, 201, 584, C51, C52, E2, N4 stop Foria-metropolitana - Farmacia Cavour.
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I visited this museum few months ago. Very warm welcome! It's a small place it's really worth it and very interresting! Lots of details about the instruments, and History!
We got the tickets through a Groupon promo which gave entry for 2 at around 9€. Incredible place in the city centre (quite hidden though, so keep an eye for the sign board). The lady at the counter was extremely pleasant. The place (around 4 rooms) is amazing with all the torture instruments (bone breaking, flagellation, impalement, virgin of Nuremberg etc) and detailed descriptions in the main European languages. Not for the feeble hearted though (some girls left after some minutes because it was too macabre in their opinion). I advice it to anyone who intends coming here and wants to see what it felt like living in the Medieval period.
It's a really small museum which you can do in 30 minutes or less. If you don't like really, you can do this in 10 minutes. It's an interesting place if you are into macabre stuff and would be a nice place to fill up an awkward short gap in between touring or eating around the area. The ticket seller is very friendly, and there are English descriptions. Some of the translations are poorly done, but still understandable. The collection of torture devices is quite commendable and they have fake body parts staged on them, especially on those that are hard to picture in your head. You definitely don't need a wild imagination to understand how they used the devices hundreds of years ago.
This place certainly has its own creepy vibes as it shows the blunt truth exposing the worst oh human nature with details, pictures and models of what was used in the time of its peak. The museum of torture is not for the faint of heart as it let's the imagination roll wild with no stopping it. The anticipation of what it might have felt like makes it hard to digest. But it is a good place to visit and see the truths of the time it existed.
Good value for money! not for the faint-hearted.