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Weird museums of Europe

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TORTURE MUSEUM, AMSTERDAM

Be prepared to have your belief in the basic goodness of humanity tested. The exhibits at the Torture Museum are mind-blowing and stomach-churning. Here are the tools public authority used to exercise its power over people in the most gruesome ways. Take the Skull Cracker, or Head Crusher, a metal skull cap connected to a metal plate that sat beneath the victim’s jaw. When the handle was turned, the cap and plate moved closer with hideous results. The Hanging Cages and the Heretic Fork make the guillotine look humane. A stif drink is in order aterwards. torturemuseum.nl

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In the June issue… see the secret side to Europe with our experts' top unsung recommendations across the continent, beginning with a walking trail through the Balkans' little-known answer to the Alps; further afield, discover Buenos Aires through asado, tango and other enduring passions; search for moose in the woods of New England; focus on city travel with our new monthly section, the Urban Edit; and much more