Traveling to different countries, people visit and museums. After all, there they can get acquainted with the history of this area, its cultural traditions. With the advent of a boom in the world of sex began to appear and new museums – erotic art.
These institutions show the history of intimate relationships, demonstrate works of art on this topic. There you can see how the sexual subjects were perfected and changed. The heyday of such museums fell during the years of the sexual revolution, in the 1960s and 1970s. In the 1990s, society as a whole accepted such institutions, calling them museums of eroticism or erotic art.
Today there are such museums in many countries of the world, however, tourist guides about them are often shyly concealed. It is easy to succumb to the fashion for an exhibition of frank subjects, photographs. But only a few can tell about erotica as an art, and not just look like an advanced sex shop.
Temple of Venus, Amsterdam.
This museum of sex in Holland boasts the oldest exhibits. This is the most important institution that demonstrates the depth of erotic feelings. And in this helps a large collection of erotic pictures, photographs, images, objects and even sexual attractions. All exhibits are provided by the owners and are exhibited now in the 17th century building on Damrak Street. “The Temple of Venus” was opened here in 1985 and since then every year it is visited by at least half a million people. Three floors of the museum are given to sexual artifacts of the XVII-XVIII centuries. Although curious to see what people lived in those days, everything here is pretty innocent. The main intrigue of the museum is a small room waiting for visitors to exit. On her door it is written that insulting exhibits are collected inside, and to enter inward follows at your own peril and risk. The secret room is filled with such candid photos that it can shock even those who have seen the most frank.
The second part of the museum is located in the heart of the red light district. The exhibition starts right on the street! Already at the ticket office there is a sculpture of a cyclist, whose underwear calls to look under him. In the very museum you can see the indecent drawings made by John Lennon himself. These erotic pictures the singer presented Yoko Ono, as a gift for the wedding. The success of the museum is quite understandable. After all, before its opening in Amsterdam there were many museums on any subject. However, no one tried to disclose the artistic and historical essence of sex. But this topic intrigues people, it can tell a lot and show. It is possible that the most natural theme for a person is also the most historical one. Man lived, evolved and worked in an atmosphere of sex. Over the centuries, the art of love has taken multiple forms, of which the Temple of Venus tells. Museum of Sex, New York.
This institution opened on October 5, 2002 at the corner of 27th Street and Fifth Avenue. The name of the museum sounds like MoSex, which is consonant with the phrase “More sex.” The exhibits tell how the sexual culture in America developed and changed over the centuries. There are seven exhibitions in the museum, and three more projects are realized on the Internet, they can be seen online. Founded and directed by this museum, Daniel Gluck. When she decided to open an unusual exhibition, she plunged into the study of history, development and the importance for a man of his sexuality. Her museum seeks to teach people to openly discuss such trembling, but important issues. The public can see here the latest achievements of scientists in the field of sex. For its exposition MoSex collects exhibits all over the world. The collection presents materials from different continents, which tell about different cultures and time epochs. The staff of the museum is constantly looking for materials, analyzing the media. There are collections of photographs, paintings, videos, and next to the ancient artifacts are modern devices.
The museum is not just an exhibition, but a real center of sexual education.After all, he has a rather impressive program of events, including lectures, seminars and even theatrical productions. And in the online store from MoSex, visitors can pick up some erotic goods or toys. The only restriction for visitors to the “Sex Museum” is age. Those wishing to see spicy exhibits should be more than 18 years old.
Museum of Eroticism, Paris.
Paris is a city of love. Here the atmosphere of romance and free relations reigns, it seems that the air itself is saturated with erotica. It’s no wonder that in such a place the Museum of Eroticism appeared. Historically in Paris, the capital of love and art, there were two centers of sexual life. This is the street of San Denis, where signs of striptease bars and pip shows are on fire 24 hours a day, as well as Pigalle Square, where erotica appears more refined and refined. It is here that the famous Moulin Rouge theater is located. In the vicinity of this square there are many entertainment establishments connected with sex. It is no coincidence that in 1997, businessman Joseph Khalif decided to open an erotic museum, which found understanding and support from the municipal authorities.
The Museum of Eroticism is a collection of items of piquant art that belonged to teacher Joe Khalifa and merchant Alen Plami. Today this establishment on Boulevard Clichy, 72 accepts its visitors from 10 am and 2 am. The collection of the museum contains more than two thousand samples of ancient religious art in Africa, Japan, India. Presented here and modernity, a collection of the latest erotic objects collected over the past 30 years. The focus is still on the East. Thus, Japan is represented by medieval lacquer miniatures, which tell of the love of samurai and geisha. China gave porcelain items and fabrics, with lovers depicted on them. India and Nepal are represented by bronze temple figurines that depict intertwined bodies. It will be interesting to get acquainted with African masks and wands in the form of huge phalluses. They say that such items are still used in ritual ceremonies. But the European section is not so rich – the Christian morality did not allow liberties. There are frivolous medieval paintings, and even Russian dolls with indecent ditties.
Interior inside is characterized by soft lighting, marble stairs. This leads to an involuntary comparison with the Louvre. In total, the exhibition occupies as many as 7 floors, exhibits are divided by age and subject. For the year the museum is visited by about 170 thousand people, most of them are women. This suggests that sexual education interests them more than men. In addition, there are exhibits that are clearly intended for enlightenment. For example, a female figure with wires extended to her allows anyone to test their knowledge of sex. When you touch the erogenous zones, the doll will respond with a languid groan, the wrong strokes will leave it indifferent. Another model shows all the places suitable for communication. From there flow trickles of water, which you can quench your thirst for free. The museum is interesting for visiting also by the fact that something new is always being offered here – all year round there are exhibitions of artists and private erotic collections. There is also its own store, which, in addition to standard products, offers quite rare erotic films from the beginning of the last century.
Museum Beate Uze, Berlin.
When the Second World War ended, the soldiers had to learn new professions. The German pilot Beate Uze, who miraculously survived the burning of the battles, released a little booklet that talked about contraceptive issues. This brochure sold in a circulation of 32,000 copies, income became the foundation for the future state of the millionaire. In it, sex became the main thing. Beate Uze passed away after living 82 years and leaving behind a real business empire worth $ 200 million. It included sex shops, magazines and cinemas for adults, whole factories of erotic lingerie.And in 1996, Beate opened the largest European erotic museum in the center of Berlin near the zoo.
The collection included about 5 thousand copies, brought to Germany from different parts of the world. This is both painting and sculpture, dedicated to the intimate side of human life. Beate Uze was able to collect a fairly large collection of Japanese works by Harunobu and Utamaro, who gained fame for their frank pictures with courtesans and geisha. It is worth paying attention to the Chinese silk panels. They depict all the wisdom of sex, such items in the Middle Kingdom gave the newlyweds a wedding. Equally well represented is the European section. It includes painted trays, playful figures, unusual smoking pipes and, of course, erotic drawings and engravings. There is also a cinema in the museum, where silent yet erotic films of the beginning of the 20th century are shown. Museum of eroticism, Barcelona.
This museum is one of the most visited in Barcelona, it is located on the popular street of Rambla. The entrance ticket costs 9 euros. The museum was opened in 1997, today there are more than eight hundred exhibits in the collection. They mainly reflect the oriental art of sex. These are sculptures from Ancient India, wooden phalluses from Thailand, porcelain figurines from China and illustrations from the Kama Sutra. The collection allows you to see how erotic motives constantly appeared in the culture of different peoples. At the entrance is a huge wooden phallus, which can be touched, as well as an iron vending machine for sex in the style of the medieval inquisition. This setup is designed for ladies, it is proposed to twist the pedals, which drives the piston with a dildo.
Among the works of painting is worth noting the work of Picasso, Dali and Miro. There is also a small collection of posters and calendars made in the style of BDSM in the period 1900-1960-ies. Modern art is represented by a collection of photographs. The collection of pornographic cards more fun than excites. Interestingly, the erotic museum is also available for the blind – they are allowed to feel the exhibits.
Museum Erotica, Copenhagen.
Denmark was the first country in the world to officially allow pornography. Therefore, the appearance in this country of a museum devoted to erotica was not accidental. In it there was a place for a fairly large section, allotted directly to sex without embellishment. A large phallus, once serving as a decoration for one of the performances of the state ballet, meets the guests directly at the entrance.
Another part of the museum composition also arouses keen interest among visitors. After all, the museum tells quite bravely about the sexual life of great people. There are stories about Charlie Chaplin, Marlene Dietrich, billionaire Onassis and, of course, the most famous Dane – Hans Christian Andersen. Even children are admitted to this section, however, accompanied by their parents. But in the “shock room” you can only enter an adult. But all other exhibits, including piquant videos, are accessible to visitors of all ages. The most valuable items of the museum is the dress of Marilyn Monroe, bought at auction for 250 thousand crowns. Chinese Museum of Sex, Shanghai.
In the medieval China, erotic art was given increased attention. Since then, traditions have spread around the world, but in the Middle Kingdom reign Puritan mores. In Shanghai, opened a museum of sex, only the waters from the abundance of visitors, he obviously does not suffer. The Directorate complains that not every day here even from a dozen people. But there is something to see in the museum. What is worth at least a collection of porcelain figurines, of which there are more than a thousand. They depict not only men and women, but also same-sex couples. The collection contains so many frank pornographic scenes and even images of orgies that the museum can turn the minds of even savvy and ready-to-all Europeans.
The museum has no exact address yet. For a while he managed to settle in a girls’ school.The students looked with interest at the ancient lesbian dildos, put up to attract guests. True, the presence of such a unique sexual collection in the museum only led to a drop in the daily number of visitors to 30 people. The curator of the museum, Lew Dalin, said that in such a situation he can not pay for renting a room. In view of this state of affairs, the museum’s administration decided to transfer it to a former maiden school in Tongli in Yiansu Province, perhaps there people will not be so tight-lipped. I must say that this move is not the first. The previous time the museum left its habitat, as the owner of the building prohibited to post the word sex on the facade. Museum of Sex Machines, Prague.
In Prague, decided to pay special attention to the very specific and rather interesting side of sexual life – special machines. These devices help to achieve pleasure, and also allow you to take unusual for sexual intercourse posture. The museum is located on three floors, in its halls are collected more than 200 exhibits and mechanical products. There was also a place in the traditional art gallery with objects of erotic themes, cinema with old films, sexy clothes of antiquity and other intimate subjects. There are here both chastity belts of the XVIII century, and the device of anti-masturbation, created already less than a hundred years ago.
I must say that this whole collection was gathered by Oriano Bizzochi, who opened a curious museum in San Marino with the most unusual exhibits. For example, this is the world’s first sex swing, which could well be exhibited in Prague. The purpose of creating such an exhibition is to show how people tried to please themselves, finding for this the most unusual ways and coming up with even whole machines. The museum presents things that really existed or could exist for the last five hundred years.
Especially popular among visitors is the hall with sado-masochistic devices. And the main hit of the museum is an electric anti-masturbation machine. Someone came up with the idea that to discourage adolescents from self-satisfaction, one must somehow restrain their erection. A lot of tricky devices were invented. The machine exhibited at the Prague Museum was established in France in 1915. It is not known how many people were cured (or affected) with the help of such a sex machine.
Cupids of London.
This museum is located in the business capital of Europe. Although Paris is the main city of love on the mainland, London also has something to show. And let the northern British consider it more cold-blooded and restrained. In the spring of 2007 Cupids of London opened on Piccadilly Circus, immediately attracting attention. The museum is entirely devoted to love and sexual relations. Here, all rooms here are made in reddish and pink tones, thanks to special lighting there is a quiet intimate atmosphere.
There are only 9 rooms in the museum, in which items on sexual topics and relationships are exhibited. I must say that the Cupids of London – a modern museum, where boldly used technical innovations. There are touch screens and multimedia here. However, the materials are still pretty decent, in fact the museum is a kind of encyclopedia of love. It is no coincidence that the museum is mentioned in serious contemporary literature devoted to intimate relations.
The museum is popular also because the attitude towards it is extremely ambiguous. On the one hand – for London, this institution is a wonder. And on the other – such an original and frank museum shows all the intimate aspects of the intimate relationship between a man and a woman. Visitors usually feel constrained, but then they relax and begin to absorb new information. The exposition of the museum was collected not only by sexologists, but also by historians and researchers. They did everything possible to uncover the secrets of the art of love to visitors. The Museum of Cupid allows people to open and discover new facets.Although here the physical side of love is shown, psychologists say that you need to learn how to relax to understand it. The mastery of this science will make you feel calmer and more confident in life.
Loveland, Jeju Island, South Korea.
This museum is the most famous of all Asian similar subjects. After the war, the Korean Peninsula, thanks to its mild climate, has become a popular place for honeymooners. In the late 1980s, one of the hotels on Jeju Island began offering an evening entertainment program that allowed the newlyweds to relax. Moreover, in Korea so far, many weddings are held by the collusion of parents, so that couples get to know each other at the very celebration. In 2002, about twenty graduates of the University of Seoul began to create sexual sculptures for the park, which would become a kind of love ground for the newlyweds.
Two years later, an open-air museum was opened. It covers an area of two football fields and sheltered about 140 of the most diverse sculptures. All of them are dedicated to the topic of eroticism and sex, helping people understand the wisdom of this science. In addition, Loveland offers to read special literature and manuals. And to ensure that young people do not feel constrained, the work is done with humor and irony – so complex things are easier to perceive. In the museum you can see figures in various sexual positions. There are also stone labia, a large phallus, interactive elements.
Total for an inspection of the park lasts about an hour, then you can spend your free time here at your discretion. Also, exhibitions with creations of modern Korean artists come here every month. Only adults are admitted to the park, and for those who have not yet reached the age of 18, a special zone for recreation is offered.