List of sex museums

A sex museum is a museum that displays erotic art, historical sexual aids, and documents on the history of erotica. They were popular in Europe at the end of the 1960s and during the 1970s, the era of the sexual revolution. Since the 1990s, these museums are often called erotic museums or erotic art museums instead of sex museums.

Notable sex museums

North America


  • Sexmuseum Amsterdam opened in 1985.
  • The Museum of Eroticism in Paris opened in 1997.[5]
  • The Erotic Art Museum near the Reeperbahn in Hamburg opened in 1992.[6]
  • The Beate Uhse Erotic Museum in Berlin opened in 1996 and closed in 2014. It claimed to be "the world's largest erotic museum".[7]
  • The Museum Erotica in Copenhagen opened in 1993.[8] It was closed in 2009 due to financial problems.
  • The Museo de la Erotica in Barcelona opened in 1996.[9]
  • The first Russian sex museum opened in 2004 in Saint Petersburg; it claims to exhibit the preserved penis of Rasputin.[10][11]
  • While not itself a sex museum, the National Archaeological Museum in Naples opened its extensive collection of historic erotic art in its Secret Cabinet to the public in 2000. Most of the exhibits are from Greek and Roman times, and many were recovered from nearby Pompeii.[12]
  • The Museo d'Arte Erotica, devoted to the erotic history of Venice and showing historical and contemporary erotic art opened in Venice, Italy in February 2006.[13]
  • The Secretum or Cupboard 55, containing erotic objects at the British Museum, London.
  • The Sex Machines Museum in Prague, Czech Republic, contains "an exposition of mechanical erotic appliances, the purpose of which is to bring pleasure and allow extraordinary and unusual positions during intercourse." On display in the museum are "more than 200 objects and mechanical appliances on view, a gallery of art with erotic themes, a cinema with old erotic films, erotic clothing and many other things pertaining to human sexuality.[14]
  • The first erotic museum in Lithuania opened in Kaunas on 13 July 2009.
  • Athens's first sex museum, "Kama Sutra: the World Museum of Erotic Art", opened in the Omonoia center at 44 Kapodistriou Street in 2012.[15]
  • Moscow's first sex museum, named "Tochka G" ('G Spot') opened in 2011.[16]
  • The Erotic Museum in Warsaw, the first sex museum in Poland, opened in 2011 with over 2,000 exhibits. It reveals the erotic fascinations of artists from all continents.[17] The museum closed at the beginning of 2012 as they searched for a new location and more funds to keep the museum afloat.
  • Budapest's Erotic&Sex Museum opened in 2019 with own sex-art gallery and BDSM equipment exhibition.


  • The first sex museum in China opened in 1999 in the center of Shanghai; in 2001 it moved to the outskirts of the city. It was variously called "Museum of Ancient Chinese Sex Culture" or "Dalin Cultural Exhibition" after its founder, sexologist Dr. Liu Dalin. In early 2004 it moved again, to Tong Li, and is now known as the China Sex Museum, with over three thousand erotic artifacts.[18][19]
  • India's first sex museum opened in Mumbai (Bombay) in 2002.[20]
  • South Korea's first sex museum, Asia Eros Museum, opened in the Insadong neighborhood in Seoul in 2003. The museum has since closed.[21]
  • Love Land Park on Jeju Island, South Korea opened in 2004. It is an outdoor sculpture park focused on a theme of sex, running sex education films, and featuring 140 sculptures representing humans in various sexual positions.
  • In Japan, there are many sex museums called "Hihokan (House of Hidden Treasures)" everywhere across the country. They are located in amusement centers in popular sightseeing spots or spa resorts, and usually ran by individuals, not by organizations. They date back to the 1960s–70s; more recently such type of amusement resorts for elder men have declined, and mostly personal sex museums closed in the 1990s-2000s.[22][23][24][25][26]


  • The small National Museum of Erotica in Canberra opened in 2001. The museum closed soon after, although the collection continued to grow.[27]

See also


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  4. "2008 - Living Las Vegas". Living Las Vegas. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  5. "Document sans nom". Archived from the original on 25 June 2017. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
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  10. "The First Russian Sex Museum will Exhibit Rasputin's Penis". 7 August 2009. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  11. Kristin Winet (24 June 2015). "Rasputin Was Poisoned, Shot, Beaten, and Drowned. But Did His Penis Survive?". Retrieved 14 October 2019.
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  15. "Ανακοινωση – Αναγγελια Πολιτιστικου Γεγονοτος" [Notice – Announcement of a Cultural Event]. Erotica Museum (in Greek). Greece. Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Ιδρύθηκε και άρχισε να λειτουργεί το παγκόσμιο Μουσείο Ερωτικής Τέχνης "Καμα Σουτρα", επί της οδού Καποδιστρίου 44 στην πλατεία Βάθης από 12/2/12. [The World Museum of Erotic Art "Kama Sutra" was founded and started to operate, on 44 Kapodistriou Street in Vathis Square from 12/2/12.]
  16. "Art and design, Art (visual arts only), World news, Russia (News), Life and style, Sex (Life & style), Culture, South and Central Asia (News)". The Guardian. London. July 12, 2011.
  17. (in English) "Museum history". Retrieved 2011-08-27.
  18. Travel Channel - Error Archived 2005-11-18 at the Wayback Machine
  19. China Sex Museum Archived 2005-08-18 at the Wayback Machine
  20. Chadha, Monica (November 26, 2002). "India's first sex museum". BBC News. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
  21. Gluck, Caroline (May 24, 2003). "Sex museum opens in Seoul". BBC News. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
  22. "熱海秘宝館". Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  23. "鬼怒川秘宝殿". Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  24. "鳥羽SF未来館". Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  25. "元祖国際秘宝館". Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  26. "別府秘宝館". Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  27. "National Museum of Erotica". Body politics home page. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
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