So you are in a new city and you are doing the tourist thing. What to do? Well everyone likes museums right? Well, most people do anyway. Some of us find museums a little boring. I mean who wants to walk around in a stuffy building looking at art or learning about science? I mean there are so many things so much more interesting and fun then doing that kind of thing. Like what you ask? Well, I can think of one thing that is more interesting with much certainty. Sex.
If only there were a way that one could combine the intellectual aspect of the museum experience with seeing things related to sex. Wait, a museum experience about sex? All over the world there are different museums dedicated to what many of us consider not only our favorite pass time, but also something that interests us the most.
Some of these museums feature mostly art, while some are a little more “hands on” and feature masturbation machines that you have never heard of, as well as exhibitions on BDSM. Of course, entering such a museum may seem a little ridiculous at first. But, what better opportunity to learn about something that is of interest to us all?
Sex Museums are popping up all over the place. Heck, chances are there is a sex museum in a neighborhood near you. I suggest checking it. It’ll be worth your time. Here is TheRichest’s list of the Top 10 Sex Museums in the World.
10. Sex Machines Museum – Prague Czech Republic
This is one of the smaller, and odder museums on this list, and that is saying something. It is the only museum in the world dedicated purely to showing off sex machines. There are about 200 items in the museum, some of them are meant to encourage sex of course but not all of them. There are also devices meant to stop people from masturbating, like an anti-masturbation device made for boys displayed in the museum which was made during the 1920s.
This machine had an electronic ring which was placed on the penis. It switched on when the boy had an erection so that the boy’s parents would know. Umm. Really? The museum opened in 2002 and contains a theatre.
9. Jeju Loveland – South Korea
This one is, you guessed it, odd. It is known as a “sexual theme park,” but in reality it is a place where there are all sorts of statues, all of which involving sex. Jeju Island is a popular honeymoon destination in South Korea, and the point of all of these statues doing all of these ridiculously messed up things, is that it is supposed to help the honeymooners get rid of their inhibitions and get ready to do the deed.
In this part of the world, many brides and grooms are the product of arranged marriages, and aren’t comfortable with each other yet, so somehow this museum is supposed to help. While to the most of us walking through a huge outdoor area filled with creepy statues getting it on would not be a turn on; apparently things are different in South Korea.
8. Antique Vibrator Museum – San Francisco
You know how I keep saying these places are kind of odd? Well so is this one. This museum is located in San Francisco. Good Vibrations originally opened as a sex toy store and the museum is now attached. According to the museum’s site, Good Vibrations’ founder, Joani Blank, collected antique vibrators for over 20 years. Because of this customers began sending in the vibrators they found at flea markets and their relatives’ estates.
According to the websiter, the vibrators in this collection date from the late 1800s up through the 1970s, Their website says “your great-great-grandmother might have owned a vibrator.” Umm really? Gross.
7. Venustempel Sex Museum – Amsterdam
In many cities a museum of this nature would raise eyebrows, but in Amsterdam, the proud home of legal drugs and prostitution, it is unlikely that anyone even notices it. I mean why bother go to the sex museum when the real stuff is going on right outside? This sex museum is also known as the Temple of Venus, and is the world’s oldest sex museum.
It opened up in 1985 and about 500,000 visitors go through its doors each year. This museum mostly concentrates on paintings and photography, although it also includes some fetish gear and historical artifacts. It started small but has since expanded to three floors.
6. World Erotic Art Museum – Miami Beach
This museum is kind of odd. First of all, it was started by a collector named Naomi Wilzig, who is everyone’s vision of what a typical grandmother might look like and not only that. She is also the curator of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC.
Secondly, the collection itself is odd. It is a jumble of erotic art by famous artists like Rembrandt, combined with things like a bed equipped with penis posts. Located right in South Beach, the museum also has a lot of Hollywood memorabilia. Why? Who knows.
5. Museum of Eroticism – Paris
This one is a little bit more refined, but since it is in Paris, what would one expect? Of course it is going to be a bit more upper class. The huge collection in this museum is based on the huge erotic art collection gathered by Alain Plumey and Jo Khalifa over a 30-year period. The art shown ranges from the ancient erotic art from India, Japan and Africa right up to contemporary art with an erotic focus.
The museum is huge, and consists of 5 floors. Other than art, it also has exhibits on brothels and has a world class collection of spiritual objects that have been used in sexual celebrations.
4. Icelandic Phallological Museum – Iceland
So yes, this one is all about collecting penises. Located in Reykjavík, Iceland, this museum is home to the world’s largest, and probably only, display of penises. It includes penises from 93 species of animals, including whales, seals and land mammals. In theory, it even includes penises from elves and trolls. In July 2011, “the museum obtained its first human penis which had been donated by a man before he passed away,” according to Wikipedia. When it was detached from the donor’s body, things did not go according to plan and it was reduced to a “greyish-brown shrivelled mass.”
The museum continues to search for “a younger and a bigger and better one.” There was a Canadian documentary film called The Final Member, which covers the museum’s quest to obtain a human penis.
3. Museros – St. Petersburg, Russia
A sex museum in Russia? Can they do that? Yes indeed. The name loosely translates to “know everything about what others are silent,” which basically means that just like everything else in Russia, everything was a secret, for a long, long time.
While this museum is a little behind the times, it still offers a good time for those who are into sex museums. It opened in the year 2004 and holds the largest collection of sex machines in the country. Who said Russia was no fun? Well, lots of people, but go see the sex museum anyway.
2. Erotic Heritage Museum – Las Vegas
One of the newer, but still very odd, kids on the block is this sex museum that is located in Las Vegas. It has a lot of different sorts of exhibits, including a chart of all the sex acts from Game of Thrones, a Star Wars adult film parody, a Ron Jeremy fortune-telling machine, and the “Chicken Ranch” exhibit.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to know what that last one is at all. The guy that started the museum is named Harry Mohney, who is the owner of Deja Vu, which is a chain of strip clubs across the country. It opened in 2008.
1. Museum of Sex – New York City
Also known as MoSex, this sex museum, located smack dab in New York City in Manhattan, has been enlightening, educating and turning on visitors with a variety of explicit exhibits covering sex from all sorts of different angles. The Museum of Sex is certainly the hippest place on this list, and has always executed it purpose with a bit of a sense of humor, while still making its main focus education.
The inaugural exhibit, NYC Sex: How New York City Transformed Sex in America, focused on New York City. MoSex also has regular events. If you are in the area around Halloween, there is a Halloween Bash there, that is sure to give everyone a good time.