We all know Sex Rules the World. Its powerful appeal garners more attention than any other known subject. But what makes sex so appealing is not necessarily the act itself, but the imagery it produces. Whether it’s a woman showcasing her legs in a pair of sheer stockings or a man demonstrating the power of his package in tight underpants, erotic images are used to evoke a primal human response, the deep urge to fuck. Perhaps this is why eroticism and advertising are a great mix.
There is a growing number of erotic art museums opening around the world from Russia to Italy to New York City to Los Angeles. Erotic treasures in private collections are moving out of the darkness and finally being displayed in the light.
So, everyone, get your passport ready. We’re about to take a trip and explore the TOP 10 Erotic Art Museums Around the World.
#10: Musée de l’érotisme – Paris, France
The French are known for their romantic ideology. From wine to perfume to gorgeous fashions, their entire culture encompasses sensuality and eroticism. It makes perfect sense that Paris, also known as the City of Love, would open an erotic art museum. Standing at seven stories, the Musée de l’érotisme is within proximity another famous landmark, the Moulin Rouge.
Initially opened in the early 19th-century, the museum was temporarily shut down by the government until 1946. The museum is thoughtfully curated, housing only the finest in pre-20th-century art and sculptures. Visitors can walk through a well-planned exhibit of seeing how other cultures interpret sex. There are several themed galleries filled with art that pushes the boundaries of taste and decorum. So, if classical works aren’t your taste, then make your way toward the more contemporary art installations.
#9: Sex Machines Museum – Prague, Czech Republic
When I heard about this museum, all I could think—“I wanna be your sex machine.” Sex Machines is the first museum dedicated to exhibiting more than 200 widgets and gadgets of the sexual variety. The Sex Machine Museum has a lipstick red interior with contraptions dating back to the 16th-century—and not all of them kind. Their collection includes a voyeurs chamber pot and manual-cranked vibrators. Unfortunately, there’s an array of devices meant for keeping women pure as the driven snow, such as chastity belts with razors, iron corsets, and anti-masturbation contraptions. The upper floor reveals an erotic theater showcasing some of the world’s oldest porn.
#8: Museros – St. Petersburg Russia
This museum’s claim to fame is the recently acquired 12-inch penis purportedly belonging to Grigori “Mad Monk” Rasputin. Along with their famous schlong, the Museros Museum has an impressive collection of sexual devices which focus on the sex lives of Russian Czars and leaders. Even Catherine the Great’s naughty chair with strategically placed dildos is on display. Russia is a country steeped in history and tries so hard to remain secretive. However, this sex destination lifts the veil and reveals a tongue-n-cheek humor with gadgets like the feather-covered spinning wheel, glass covered case packed with blow-up dolls, which one resembling a sheep with a wide open mouth. Don’t be fooled, though. This museum upgraded its exhibits which now includes the modern era of sex.
#7 – Venustempel – Amsterdam, Netherlands
It’s hardly a surprise that Amsterdam, the city known for legal sex work, 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 their doors in 1985 and have already expanded to three floors (albeit Netherland sized-floors) that exhibit sexy and curious artifacts including 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 selfie-op just outside the entrance.
#6: Jeju Loveland – Jeju Island South Korea
Jeju Loveland has more than over 140 naked statues in various states of fuckery, and an erotic sculpture garden the size of Staten Island. However, this land of sex is more than a “look, but don’t touch” museum, it’s a virtual sex theme park encouraging visitor participation. A popular honeymoon destination site, this park was first established for helping newlyweds lose, or at least loosen, their inhibitions. For education and amusement, couples can feel their way around the 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 I mention penises? Before you leave, however, stop at the gift shop and grab yourself a penis keychain souvenir for good luck.
#5: Antique Vibrator Museum – San Francisco, California
Want to know what your great-great grandmother’s vibe might have looked like? Well, Antique Vibrator Museum will clue you in with their vast collection of vintage sex toys. Joni Blank, who passed away recently, was the chief 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 began collecting vibes over 20 years ago and amassed quite a collection of nearly every type of pleasure contraption ever created. Most of the 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 for you.
#4: Erotic Heritage Museum – Las Vegas, Nevada
There’s no business like the sex 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 24,000 square foot Erotic Heritage Museum collection include 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 from Chinese figurines from the 1700s fucking and vintage porn posters, to even more dubious educational pieces like a cock made entirely of copper pennies. Not to be outdone by any competitors, they’ve recently included a new exhibit displaying 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
The citizens of ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum believed penises provided protection, prosperity, and good luck. They 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 wholesome minds of Christians, these artifacts were kept 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
Museum of Sex in New York City is 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 intertwining the concept of sex, human relationships, and sensuality. Most of all, however, is that the entire experience is F.U.N. For those not interesting in sexy camping, why not head on over to the clever, silly and artsy grown-up boob bounce house (you can really jump in it) or perhaps a tour of Grope Mountain (climbing wall of body parts) or take a gander at 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 frightening sounds of 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, Naomi Wilzig to create something completely out of this world. The World Erotic Art Museum, a.k.a. WEAM is one of a kind adventure. You’ll find everything at this Miami Beach fornication fortress. From a bed carved with the Kama Sutra to dildos in every shape and size to a few dominatrix Barbie dolls, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Rooms and rooms are brimming with action-packed art dating from antiquity to today. A cornucopia of coitus, this is one museum you should not 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.