Fittingly, the layout of the Torture Museum is of a maze of small, dark rooms. Often listed amongst the “world's most unusual museums”, it features a theatrical atmosphere, which lightens what would otherwise be a rather somber mood. Each room displays one or two torture devices, with some being safely secured from human use, and others being free to touch and feel. Each device is accompanied by a description of how and why it was used; the most curious visitors will undoubtedly enjoy the image from an old book showing it in use. The museum is obviously home to a variety of torture devices, including well-known ones such as the guillotine. It also features lesser-known devices such as thumbscrews, the intriguing flute of shame, the iron maiden, skull crusher, Judas chair, Catherine Wheels, and Scold's bridle. While some of the devices are genuine, some have been reconstructed according to the literature.
The Torture Museum is located at Singel 449 in the heart of the city, near the flower market overlooking the Singel canal. It is reachable by public transport via trams 1, 2 or 5 to Centraal Station. The museum is open daily from 10 AM until 11 PM. Admission is €7.50 for adults and €4 for children. The museum is multilingual, with information provided in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.