The Torture Museum - dark history presented

Today, I present to you a museum devoted to a very gloomy, dark theme of history: the Torture Museum in the Flakturm in the Esterhazypark in the 6th district.

Lukas Riegler, director of the museum, tells you how this museum has emerged and how this very sensitive subject is worked up.

Shortly introduce your museum...

The Torture Museum Vienna was founded in 1999 and is located in a former air-raid shelter from the Second World War, which is located under the Esterhazypark in the 6th district of Vienna.

The exhibition has always dealt with the development of legal history and human rights from ancient times to modern times. The focus, however, is on the Middle Ages.

In cooperation with Amnesty International, a modern exhibition section has also emerged that shows that torture is still not a complete closed chapter of human history.

Since 2016 there has also been a special exhibition on the Guantamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba.



How did you get the idea to start this museum?

The need to educate people and bring them closer to a very gloomy theme of human history, to inform them and to sensitize them is the basic motivation on which our efforts are based.

Is there something special abou the location of your museum?

The historic civil protection bunkers from the Second World War, with the attached „Flakturm“ in the Esterhazypark, where the "House of the Sea" is located, are part of the Austrian history and are both protected as historical monuments.

Please tell us more about the history of your museum …

The basic equipment for the museum in Vienna comes from Europe's largest torture museum, which is located at Sommeregg Castle in Seeboden and was opened in 1990.

After searching for a suitable location in Vienna for a long time, the former air-raid shelter in the Esterhazypark was won by extensive renovation work for the exhibition and thus made accessible to the public again.

3 words that descibe your museum …

Informative, instructive and also shocking.

Where is your museum located?

Fritz-Grünbaum-Platz 1 – Esterhazypark

1060 Vienna


Lukas Rieglers personal Vienna insights


Why I like living in Vienna ...

Vienna is a great city with a high standard of living and a lot of possibilities.

What do you like about the city?

Their complexity and the interesting people living here.

My favourite place in Vienna …

The torture museum, of course.