Ponder the profound history and cultural significance of sex at this 14,000-square-foot museum while staring at vintage pornographic photos, S&M paraphernalia, anti-masturbation devices from the 1800s, explicit film clips, vintage condom tins, and a collection of artwork. Recent exhibits have included a rare Milton Greene photo essay of Linda Lovelace and probed such topics as desire on the Internet and the sex lives of animals. The subject matter is given serious curatorial treatment, though the gift shop is full of fun sexual kitsch. Only patrons over 18 are admitted. After visiting the museum's exhibitions, sate your appetite with a kinky cocktail or gourmet coffee and pastry in the museum's new Play bar and restaurant.
Jan 5, 2009
Unusual museum with an unusual theme -- exhibits vary a lot, minimal permanent collection. It's graphic and certainly not for the prudish, but there's much more going on here than prurient interest -- there's sturdy societal, historic, and scientific context to what's shown. Expensive, but definitely cutting edge for a museum. Worth a visit for adventurous sorts.