Are Groping, Licking, and Fondling Allowed at Sex Museums?


Erotic Heritage Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. 2017. Jewell de Lis.

If you have to be told not to ‘grope, lick, fondle, or fuck the exhibits’ you might not be in a “traditional museum.”

In my last post, MAIL TIME: Vulvas Protect from Evil, I shared a postcard that was purchased from the Vagina Museum in London, England.  Of course, I had to look it up and found that it was an anti-museum to the Icelandic Phallological Museum in Reykjavik, Iceland.  Someone somewhere got pissed because there was a dick museum, but no pussy museum.  Thus, the Vagina Museum was born.

The wheels in my head started turning…yes, there was a need for lube to get those gears going.  In this case, the lube was erotic museum flavored.  I’d already spent some time at the Erotic Heritage Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA during my last visit in 2017.  Now, I’ve been introduced to two other museums.

How many more sexy-themed museums were there?

Fortunately, the answer to that was much less than the How Many More Dating Apps Are There? question.

Check out the list of sex museums below, sorted by continent, then in alphabetical order.

For your and my handy-dandy convenience, there’s even a cumulative Google Map of all the Sex Museums listed below.  Well, the ones not permanently closed — short silence for respect.

Google Maps List of Sex Museums



North America

Erotic Heritage Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. 2017. Jewell de Lis.

(Photo to the left reads “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, but…What happens at Harry Mohney Erotic Heritage Museum…goes on the damn internet! Take a photo or selfie & #EHMLV.) 2017. Jewell de Lis.

South America

😭 closed 😭
(sorted by date closed)

Let’s face it…despite living in the 21st century, there’s still a stigma around sex and the like, which means sometimes museums devoted to the topic die.  Let’s have a moment of silence for the Museums of Sex that have not survived.

  • National Museum of Erotica in Canberra, Australia (2001-2002)
  • 中华性文化博物馆 (China Sex Museum) in Wujiang, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China (1999-2004)
  • Hollywood Erotic Museum in Los Angeles, California, USA (2004-2006)
  • The Asia Eros Museum in Jongno District, Seoul, South Korea (2003-???) — re-opened as the Museum of Sex and Health (건강과성박물관) in Moseulpo, South Korea
  • Exotic World – Strippers Hall of Fame in Helendale, California, USA (1968-2007) — re-opened as the Burlesque Hall of Fame Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
  • Museum of Eroticism in Venice, Italy (2006-2007)
  • Museum Erotica in Copenhagen, Denmark (1993-2009)
  • Erotic Museum in Warsaw, Poland (2011-2012)
  • Greek Erotica Museum in Athens, Greece (2012)
  • Antarang – Sex Health Information Art Gallery in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India (2002-2013)
  • The Beate Uhse Erotic Museum in Berlin, Germany (1996 – 2014)
  • The Erotic Art Museum in Hamburg, Germany (1996-2014)
  • The Erotikos Muziejus in Kaunas, Lithuania (2009-2014)
  • Museum of Eroticism in Paris, France (1997-2016)
  • The ‘Secretum’ of the British Museum in London, United Kingdom (1857-???)

Have you visited any of the museums on the list? Tell me about your visit!

Did I miss one? Let me know!

Photo by ian dooley on Unsplash

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