Medieval Torture Museum Chicago, IL

177 N State StreetChicago, IL 60601
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Total Price: $38.19 (USD)


Visit Medieval Torture Museum Chicago and discover the most extensive Middle Ages torture exhibits in the U.S. Located in the Chicago Loop, explore the interactive museum’s elaborate torture devices and realistic execution depictions that are not for the faint of heart! Do you have the courage to endure a visit to the horrifying evidence of human cruelty?

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from Ashley, one of our Chicago Travel Experts
  • Conveniently located within the Chicago Loop: at the historic Page Brothers Building and beside The Chicago Theatre.
  • Discover over 100 different torture and restrain devices displayed in several horrifying exhibits.
  • Recommended for ages 18 and above and not for the faint of heart! Admits all ages, but parental discretion is advised.
  • Realistic recreations and graphic depictions using mannequins and wax figures.
  • Free for children ages nine and under with a supervising adult. One free child ticket per one paying adult.
  • Includes audio narration in English and Spanish and ghost-hunting experience via a Ghost Hunting App.
  • Don't forget to bring a headset and a smartphone.
  • Wheelchair accessible and service animals allowed.


from Medieval Torture Museum Chicago
Emotions are a genuine time machine. The emotions inspired by the Medieval Torture Museum Chicago will transport you back in time hundreds of years to some of the most miserable moments in human history.

The exhibit is a unique presentation that combines academic research with the contradictive, emotionally repulsive draw of time in history when torture and torment were commonplace.

The collection targets the most primal emotional response - fear. The film industry spends millions of dollars on horror films, tapping into that most basic response and our desire to know it more intimately without actually having to be afraid.

The Medieval Torture Museum reminds us just how much suffering humanity can inflict in the name of cause and justice when the right tools are placed in the hands of fanatics, madmen, and tyrants.

Based on historical documents and engravings, the museum has amassed an unprecedented collection of cruelty, re-creating the atmosphere that prevailed throughout most of the Middle Ages. For several years, a team of scientists, historians, decorators, and sculptors have worked on creating a unique, holistic concept consisting of several hundred pieces, exhibits united in individually-themed scenes. To enhance the effect, ambient sound and human mannequins are used, made with the utmost realism, making them hard to distinguish from real people.

The exhibit fills more than 6000 sq. ft. Spend an hour here, and you will better know the nature of fear. Are you brave enough?

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Frequently Asked Questions about Medieval Torture Museum Chicago

Where is the museum located?

Medieval Torture Museum Chicago is at 177 N. State St, Chicago, IL 60601. Located at the Page Brothers Building, beside The Chicago Theatre.

What are the hours of operation?

Medieval Torture Museum in Chicago typically opens at 10AM and closes at 8PM from Monday through Thursday and until 9PM on Friday through Sunday. Subject to change without prior notice. Last check-in is 30 minutes before closing.

How long does it take to complete the museum?

You may stay for as long as you like, but most visitors spend about 60 to 90 minutes.

Is this attraction suitable for children?

Medieval Torture Museum Chicago admits visitors of all ages. It's not recommended for guests under 18 without a supervising adult. One minor must be accompanied by one adult. Guests 9 years old and below can tour the museum for free, but parental discretion is advised.

Is parking available?

The museum does not have its own parking area, but there’s nearby parking located at 20 E Randolph St. for a fee.

What's included with my ticket?

A Medieval Torture Museum ticket includes admission, audio guides in English and Spanish consisting of 56 stories about the torture implements and devices on display throughout the museum, and a ghost-hunting experience in each display room (delivered via a ghost-hunting app).

What should I bring?

Please bring a headset and smartphone to access the complimentary ghost-hunting app.

Is the Medieval Torture Museum accessible?

The museum is wheelchair and stroller accessible.