For people interested in expanding their cultural and sexual horizons, there is a growing number of sex museums popping up all over the world. Yessiree bob! SEX—man and woman’s favorite past time is on display across the globe and extends as far away as Russia, to Italy, to NYC, to Miami. Whether you’re looking for something explicit, entertaining or educational, or all of the above, each of the following sex museums have an eclectic mix of pleasurable eye candy. Can’t afford to travel? That’s okay too. Don’t let a little thing like visiting stand in your way. Many of these erotic museums also have interactive website tours that let you indulge during your own time.
#10: The Musee Erotisme – Paris, France
The French are known for romance, and are by definition, sexy. That’s why it makes perfect sense that the City of Love would have its own erotic museum—–Parisian Style. Set over seven stories, and located near the Moulin Rouge club, the Musee Erotisme houses a vast collection of pre-20th-century art and sculptures. Thoughtfully curated, this space is set up for visitors to see how others cultures have interpreted sex throughout the centuries. If the classics are not up your alley, whisk on by, and spend time browsing the gallery filled with a collection of contemporary and tantalizing artwork that pushes the boundaries of good manners and taste. Initially opened in early part of the 19th century, the government once shut down the museum until 1946. Now, it’s one of the most popular landmarks in Paris, with visitors coming from all over the world.
#9: Sex Machines Museum – Prague, Czech Republic
For those more interested in the mechanically engineered aspects of great sex, the Sex Machines Museum, with its lipstick-red walls, is your place. Located in the heart of Old Prague, this is the world’s first museum devoted solely to more than 200 sexual gadgets. Though space is small, it does house a number of historical contraptions dating all the way to the 16th century. There is an impressive collection of “creative” aids—think voyeuristic chamber pots and hand-cranked metal vibrators aimed at helping couples experience sexual pleasure. Even more revealing, is the exhibit of devices aimed at preventing people (mostly women) from enjoying a little bump and grind, including chastity belts with razor sharp teeth, German iron corsets, and a really horrifying anti-masturbation device from 1915. Upstairs, there’s an erotic cinema which features some of the world’s oldest, yet very tame by our modern standards, pornography.
#8: Mus-Eros – St. Petersburg Russia
This museum made headlines in 2004 when it acquired a 12-inch human penis supposedly once attached to the “Mad Monk,” Grigori Rasputin. However, those claims have yet to be confirmed. Nonetheless, this museum houses an impressive array of historical artifacts that focuses primarily on the sex lives of former Russian Czars and leaders. There’s a naughty chair, once owned by Catherine the Great, and a seesaw festooned with strategically placed dildos. For a culture so steeped in secrecy, this Russian museum is not afraid to lift the veil and show off a little tongue-n-cheek humor with contraptions like a feather-covered spinning wheel, and a glass case full of blow-up dolls—one being a sheep with his mouth permanently agape and ready for love.
#7: Venustempel – Amsterdam, Netherlands
It’s hardly a surprise that Amsterdam, the city known for legal prostitution, would have a sex museum. In fact, this opened-minded metropolis is home to two sex-themed galleries. Not the most impressive collection in existence, however, is the Venustempel. One of the longest running sex museums in the world, they first opened in 1985 and have since expanded to three floors (albeit Netherland sized-floors) that exhibit sexy and curious artifacts to include rubber fetish gear, an assortment of Victoria porn, and a mannequin flashing his naughty bits. Admission is very cheap, and you’ll know when you’ve arrived because of the irresistible penis photo op just outside.
#6: Jeju Loveland – Jeju Island South Korea
With more than over 140 naked statues in various states of fuckery, and an erotic sculpture garden the size of Staten Island, Jeju Loveland is more than a “look, but don’t touch” museum, it’s a virtual sex theme park that encourages visitor participation. A popular honeymoon destination site, this park was first established to help newlyweds lose, or at least loosen, their inhibitions. For education and amusement, couples can feel their way around a vast penis and vagina sculpture garden or walk through the Museum of Sex and Health which highlights some erotically charged sex ed films. There’s also novelties like a hands-on “masturbation-cycle,” and oh, did we mention penises? But before you leave, take a walk through their large gift shop, and just for good measure, grab yourself a penis keychain souvenir.
#5: Antique Vibrator Museum – San Francisco, California
Vibrators go a long way back, baby. Who knows, your “great-great grandmother might have owned one,” says Joani Blank, the curator of the Antique Vibrator Museum and founder of Good Vibrations. If you’re wanting a more historical vibe (no pun intended) to your museum experience, then this San Francisco-based museum and storefront won’t disappoint. Blank has been collecting vibes for over 20 years and has amassed quite a collection of nearly every type of pleasure contraption ever created. Most of her collection dates back to the late 1800’s and goes up through the 1970’s. One of the most notable vibes, however, is the prized 1906 Detwiller pneumatic vibrator that actually ran on compressed gas. Then there is the hand-cranked Dr. Macaura’s Pulsocon Blood Circulator (which could only be operated by a physician). With one hell of a good website, a trip to San Francisco is not really required. Take your own private tour when the time is just right.
#4: Erotic Heritage Museum – Las Vegas, Nevada
There’s no business like erotic show business! Las Vegas, the biggest adult playground in the world, also has the world’s largest Erotic Museum. Making good on the Vegas show-biz promise, the newly reopened 24,000 sq. ft. Erotic Heritage Museum exhibit includes the props from the “Star Wars” porn parody, a Ron Jeremy fortune telling machine, and an extensive chart on all the Game of Thrones sex acts. They even have historical artifacts such as Chinese figurines from the 1700s doing “it” and vintage porn posters, to even more dubious educational pieces like a cock made entirely of pennies. Not to be outdone by competitors, they’ve recently included a new exhibit that displays the sexual hypocrisy in politics, religion, and entertainment. Make your Las Vegas even more memorable with some live entertainment. If you’re into genital origami, then you’ll definitely want to catch a performance of Puppetry of the Penis. However, be forewarned, you’ll never look at a hamburger the same way ever again.
#3: The Secret Cabinet, Naples Italy
Not too dissimilar from our modern times, the citizens of Pompeii and Herculaneum believed penises provided protection, prosperity, and good luck, and incorporated them into everything from furniture to oil lamps. Frescos on the walls of homes depicted erotic encounters between wood nymphs and satyrs. Erotica was everywhere—until it proved too much for the socially conservative mores of the Victorian era. Deemed evil and a temptation on the holsom minds of Christians, these artifacts were under lock and key for over a century. Collecting dust in a dark room, the secret cabinet was on view only during brief liberal periods under Garibaldi and again in the 1960s, but for men only. The Gabinetto Segreto finally opened to the public in 2000 and moved into a separate gallery in 2005 which now allows women to view as well.
# 2: Museum of Sex, NYC
Ever since 2002, MoSex in New York City has been putting a cheeky spin on sex ed, sexual history, and erotic art. Now running is Splendor in the Grass, an “erotic campground,” which invites visitors to experience an immersive environment within five multisensory “camping tents.” Giving new meaning to “a night at the museum,” Splendor comes complete with campfires, log seats, and a constantly changing sky. The theme behind all of their exhibits is to intertwine the concept of sex, human relationships, and sensuality but most of all FUN. For those not interesting in sexy camping, why not head on over to the clever, silly and arty grown-up boob bounce house (you can really jump in it), or perhaps a tour of Grope Mountain (a body parts climbing wall) or take a gander through the hall of mirrors maze which leads to a “grotto” representing the female G-spot. Once inside the grotto, you can manipulate your hands to play the theremin, which by the way, is an incredible stroke of genius!
#1: World Erotic Art Museum, Miami Florida
Erotic and museum aren’t words usually used in the same sentence, but leave it to a Miami Grandmother to create something completely out of this world and unique. The World Erotic Art Museum, a.k.a. WEAM, is one of a kind adventure for every type of couple or individual. At this Miami Beach fornication fortress, you’ll find anything and everything related to sex—from a bed carved with the Kama Sutra, to dildos in every shape and size, to a few dominatrix Barbie dolls. Rooms and rooms are filled to the brim with action-packed art dating from antiquity to today. Simply a cornucopia of coitus, this is one museum you can’t miss while in Miami. Between the classical paintings and the proliferation of dicks, it’s precisely the sort of high-low cultural mix that can only thrive in a place like Miami Beach.2