Sex museum

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New York City's Museum of Sex

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



"Beppu Hihōkan", a sex museum next to the Shiraike-Jigoku in the Kannawa Spa, Beppu, Ōita, Japan.
  • 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]



Octave Uzanne-L'Eventail-1882

See also


  1. Museum of Sex
  2. The Erotic Museum
  3. World Erotic Art Museum
  4. Erotic Heritage Museum
  6. Musée de l'Érotisme
  7. Erotic Art Museum Hamburg
  8. [1] Archived August 28, 2005 at the Wayback Machine
  9. museum_erotica
  10. Eroticamuseum Barcelona
  11. The first Russian sex museum is to be opened, will exhibit Rasputin penis
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  19. China Sex Museum
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  21. Gluck, Caroline (May 24, 2003). "Sex museum opens in Seoul". BBC News. Retrieved May 23, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  22. 熱海秘宝館
  23. 鬼怒川秘宝殿
  24. 鳥羽SF未来館
  25. 元祖国際秘宝館
  26. 別府秘宝館
  27. "National Museum of Erotica". Body politics home page. Retrieved 28 August 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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