Planning a vacation abroad? Skip one of the usual tourist traps or outlet malls in favor of some stimulating education at one of the increasingly popular museums of sex and erotica found around the globe.
Here are five of the most popular, open 7 days for the pleasure of the adventurous, the curious, and the kinky.
Museum of Sex
233 Fifth Avenue, New York City
The Museum of Sex has been a Manhattan institution since its grand opening in 2002, with a vision to advocate “open discourse surrounding sex and sexuality as well as striving to present to the public the best in current scholarship unhindered by self-censorship”.
Featuring a permanent collection of more than 15,000 artifacts, including works of art, photography, clothing and costumes, technological inventions and historical items, as well as research and multimedia libraries, the museum is home to one of the world’s leading collections of sexually-related objects.
The Mission of the Museum of Sex is to preserve and present the history, evolution and cultural significance of human sexuality.
The museum is open 7 days, excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas. Admission for adults 18+ is $17.50 + tax.
Sex Machines Museum
Melantrichova 18, Prague
Spread over three floors, and home to more than 200 objects of desire, Sex Machines Museum in Prague offers visitors an exploratory experience, viewing an array of mechanical erotic appliances, art, cinema and clothing.
Offering a permanent collection, sex machines gallery, store and erotic cinema, the museum is open daily and the cost of admission is Czk 250 for adults 18+.
Damrak 18, Amsterdam
Sexmuseum Amsterdam is the world’s original sex museum (of course!), offering an extensive collection of erotic paintings and photographs, objects, and attractions.
Having opened its doors in 1985 with a small collection of 19th century erotic objects, the museum’s collection has grown steadily, and is now viewed by an estimated 500,000 visitors every year.
Sexmuseum Amsterdam is open daily. The price of admission is 4€ for people aged 16+.
Museum of Eroticism
72 Boulevard de Clichy, Paris
Paris’ Museum of Eroticism was founded in 1997, and is now home to seven floors of erotic art and artifacts, ranging from ancient religious art to contemporary art with erotic themes. An entire floor is devoted to the legal brothels of the 19th and 20th centuries, while other floors feature a range of permanent and temporary exhibitions.
The Museum of Eroticism is open daily, and admission is 8€ when purchased in advance online.
Erotic Heritage Museum
3275 Industrial Road, Las Vegas
Famously founded in 2008 by a preacher and a pornographer in an effort to preserve erotic artifacts, fine art and film, the Erotic Heritage Museum in Las Vegas is home to more than 17,000 square feet of permanent and featured exhibits designed to preserve wonders of the erotic imagination.
The Erotic Heritage Museum is open 7 days, and price of admission is $15 for adults aged 18+.
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