The city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands attempts to show history through an interactive adventure. Live actors, a ride, shows and special effects simulate historical dark and bleak times.
The Amsterdam Dungeon delivers on the basis of a great cast of actors, special effects, stage, decor, scripts, a unique, exciting walk through the show that you can see, hear, touch, smell and feel. It’s also very funny and sometimes a little scary.
- Torture Chamber: The Torture Chamber is the most graphically implied exhibit in the entire Dungeon. The (female) torturers line up the ‘prisoners’ against a wall and picks out a young male visitor for the demonstration. The visitor is strapped in to a chair surrounded by torture devices, such as the dreaded appendage cutter, the torturer places the appendage cutter near the male’s groin and ‘demonstrates’ the device ‘inch by inch’.
- VOC: An 18th century dockside bar teaches about press ganging of locals to join the nautical trading firm the Dutch East India Company (VOC). They are then ambushed and forced on board a replica ship where they are forced to work for the captain Piet Heyn and fight the Spanish.
- Ship’s Doctor: Looks at ship’s doctor’s surgery where the surgeon gives witness of the brutalities of 18th century field surgery at sea.
- Council of Blood: A short film about the terror brought the Netherlands by the Spanish Inquisition in the 16th century. An Inquisition court is then held similar to the Judgement of Sinners show in the UK, but the ‘Inquisitor’ is more menacing with his humour.
- Ghosts: Using atmospheric special effects to animate the ghost story of a woman convicted as a witch in the 16th century and brutally tortured before being burned at Dam Square.
- Labyrinth of Lost Amsterdam: A disorientating and eerie mirror maze themed around the winding, disorientating streets of Amsterdam.
- The Great Plague: A recreation of the streets of plague ravaged Amsterdam street, where the devastating effect the killer disease had in the city in 1664 is vividly animated.