New York, New York: Museum of Sex

A serious art and cultural venue for those who don't mind looking at porn in a museum.
233 Fifth Ave., New York, NY
Fifth Avenue, at 27th St.
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You got a love a museum whose motto is .... "Please do not touch, lick, stroke or mount the exhibits. You can even get a T-shirt that says that on it. It's a fun museum." They show videos from old old black-and-white pornography. Quite interesting stuff.

[Brian From Rockland County NY, 06/14/2014]
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Not worth the ticket cost ($18). Nice bar in basement.

[J, 02/26/2012]
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We just went to the Museum of Sex in New York, which was terrific. Only cost us about $9 to get in with the $5 off admission coupon that's at their web site. Just opened three new exhibits....1) a room full of sexy "Vamps & Virgins" from 1860-1960 (like Bettie Page and famous starlets photographed in 3D by Harold Lloyd); 2) "Stags, Smokers and Blue Movies," retrospective on American pornographic film (about 20 films/videos, even one from 1915); and 3) some really edgy stuff called "Spotlight on the Permanent Collection" -- from US patented sex machines like the "Thrillhammer" and a real-life doll to sections like sex in advertising and design or sex and the law, plus a slew of erotic pop culture items from the past 30+ years. Before we left we bought some great gift in the store.

[Hugo, 03/22/2005]

Feb. 2011: Photo added.

Museum of Sex dons conical hat for Chinese erotic exhibit

The Museum of Sex in New York City continues to operate as a serious art and cultural venue, not a haunt for pervs and jokey frat field trips. Their latest show, "Sex Among the Lotus: 2500 Years of Chinese Erotic Obsession," runs March 18, 2004 - January 2005.... [03/13/2004] Complete News Story

Museum of Sex

I found the Museum of Sex a little disappointing -- it starts out really interesting and informative, linking the history of New York City with sex, but when it reaches the 1960s, it just turns into full-on porn. And do you really want to look at porn in a museum, with a security guard staring at you? Still, where else are you going to see a naked photo of Yul Brynner and a preserved human penis (even the Penis Museum in Reykjavik doesn't have one!)? I highly recommend using the audio guide as well.

The gift shop was lame -- they had so many opportunities for great, imaginative souvenirs, and instead they sell the smutty crap you can find at Spencer Gifts. The postcards are cool, though. I didn't notice any special smells...

[Megan Susman, 04/27/2003]

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