This article was originally published on Morbid Planet on August 21, 2018.
Throughout the years, one of my favorite museums to visit is the British Museum located in London, England. As it turns out, if you look hard enough, there is a museum for almost anything. In my internet travels I discovered a museum that houses 215 types of specimens. The only catch, they are all of penises!
The Icelandic Phallological Museum is located in Iceland and definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. The cost for admission is 1500 ISK, which converts to 18.28 CAD.
Their website describes what you can see at the museum:
The Icelandic Phallological Museum is probably the only museum in the world to contain a collection of phallic specimens belonging to all the various types of mammal found in a single country. Phallology is an ancient science which, until recent years, has received very little attention in Iceland, except as a borderline field of study in other academic disciplines such as history, art, psychology, literature and other artistic fields like music and ballet. Now, thanks to The Icelandic Phallological Museum, it is finally possible for individuals to undertake serious study into the field of phallology in an organized, scientific fashion.
The Icelandic Phallological Museum contains a collection of more than two hundred and fifteen penises and penile parts belonging to almost all the land and sea mammals that can be found in Iceland. Visitors to the museum will encounter fifty six specimens belonging to seventeen different kinds of whale, one specimen taken from a rogue polar bear, thirty-six specimens belonging to seven different kinds of seal and walrus, and one hundred and fifteen specimens originating from twenty different kinds of land mammal: all in all, a total of two hundred and nine specimens belonging to forty six different kinds of mammal, including specimens from Homo Sapiens. It should be noted that the museum has also been fortunate enough to receive legally-certified gift tokens for four specimens belonging to Homo Sapiens.
For the more academically inclined, they actually have an online catalog of all their specimens available for browsing.
They have a very unique souvenir shop where you can find specialty condoms, key rings, bottle openers, clothing, glasses, magnets, buttons, bags and even snacks. Everything is in the shape of a willy. Make sure to pick up something on the way out!
The first thing that crossed my mind when I found a penis museum, was is there such a thing as a vagina museum? As it turns out, yes there is. Stay tuned on that one.
Make sure to like their Facebook page here.
Location: Laugavegur 116, Reykjavik, Capital Region 105, Iceland
You can view their site here for more details here.
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- All photos were supplied by The Icelandic Phallological Museum.