The Museum of Torture is different from any other, because its galleries do not keep artistic treasures that are pleasing to the eye.

It is rather an exhibition of more than 70 instruments used during the Holy Inquisition and by authorities of the Middle Ages, to torture and humiliate people.

Although it is not a place to go with families, especially with children, it is still very attractive to visit.

How to get to the Museum of Torture?

You can get there by metro, trolleybus or ecobici. You will travel in the first of these means, take Metro Tacuba or Metro Bellas Artes.

How do I get to the Museum of Torture by Metro?

Get on line 2 of the Allende Metro, the closest to the Torture Museum, just 120 meters away. When you leave, walk down Tacuba street in the opposite direction to the cars, pass Bolívar and a little further on to your left you will be at the entrance to the exhibition.

Lines 2 and 8 of the Bellas Artes Metro will also leave you very close to the museum, just 300 meters away on foot.

How do I get to the Museum of Torture by Trolleybus?

Board the Trolleybus that runs along the Central Axis from the North Bus Terminal and arrives at the South Bus Terminal. Get off at Madero if you go towards Garibaldi, however, if you go towards Salto del Agua you have to get off at Santa Veracruz.

What do I do to go to the Museum of Torture in Ecobici?

First you arrive at a bike station or “cyclostation”; the closest is 65, Marconi – Tacuba. Once there, walk through Tacuba, pass through Filomeno Mata and a little further on, on your left, will be the Museum of Torture.

Address of the Museum of Torture

Calle de Tacuba, 15. Historic Center of Mexico City. His phone number is +52 55 5521 4651.

Museum of Torture Cost

Adults pay $3; children between 7 and 13 years old pay $2, the same rate for students and teachers with valid credentials and senior citizens. Children under 6 years old do not pay.

Torture Museum. Information

In the Museum of Torture, more than 70 articles and objects used to torture and punish people subjected to the Court of the Holy Inquisition are exhibited.

Its environment can be uncomfortable and offensive due to the shelves and showcases that exhibit objects devised by perverse minds. Instruments to torture, humiliate and apply the death penalty.

You can see some chastity belts or the “iron maiden”, a type of anthropomorphic coffin that contained iron nails inside.

A town that is unaware of its history is always condemned to repeat itself, which is why the Museum of Torture invites you to learn about and create awareness about events that should never have happened.

The place has a selected area for visitors to reflect on violence in any of its manifestations, including gender violence and bullying.

What to see in the Museum of Torture?

The Museum of Torture is divided into 6 exhibition halls. Rooms 1 and 2 have a display of apparatus used for public humiliation; in 3 and 4 there are instruments of torture and humiliation for women; rooms 5 and 6 allow visitors to learn about the equipment and instruments used to apply the death penalty.

The place has all the tools and equipment used to inflict punishment. From humiliation for minor crimes exposing people to insults, harassment and ridicule, to those used to apply the death penalty or capital punishment, such as the guillotine and the electric chair.

When was the Torture Museum opened?

The Museum of Torture was inaugurated in Mexico City on April 6, 2012.

What are the most famous works of the Museum of Torture?

In the headquarters of the Museum of Torture there are no works of art. It is a place with equipment and instruments used to apply torture, humiliation and death, during the period in which the Holy Inquisition ruled.

How many hours do you need to see the Museum of Torture?

A complete and comfortable visit in which you can see all the instruments of torture and listen to the explanation of the guide, will require at least 2 hours.

What instruments are in the Museum of Torture?

the infamous mask

Instrument of humiliation for women, prostitutes, infidels and considered witches.

It consists of an iron mask with donkey ears and muzzles, which ended up destroying the mouth of whoever was wearing it. The victim was displayed in squares and public places to be humiliated and physically abused.

breast ripper

It consists of a pliers with pointed ends placed on the breasts until they are torn off. They could be used hot or cold, since their purpose was to detach the breasts.


Very popular execution apparatus after the French Revolution. One of his victims was Louis XVI of France.

The equipment was placed on a platform. The condemned was kneeling with his head under the blade slid by an executioner. He was beheaded before the eyes of all.

crush heads

The condemned man’s chin was placed on the fixed bar of the apparatus and the helmet was lowered by turning the lever to exert pressure on the head. The result was violent loss of teeth, fractures of the bones of the face and head, and brains protruding from the cavities of his eyes.

Jude’s Cradle

This method of torture and death consisted of letting the prisoner fall onto a pyramid-shaped seat, as often as the executioner deemed it convenient.

the iron wheel

The prisoner was tied to an iron wheel that, when turned, was disarticulating his bones and breaking his muscles in an agonizing torture and agony. Finally, the condemned died by hanging, burning or decapitation; All these actions were executed with the presence of the public.

This is a very small sample of the torture equipment and instruments that are housed in the rooms of the Museum of Torture and that you will be able to see during your visit.

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