Miami Beach, Florida: World Erotic Art Museum

A collection of more than 4,000 objects chronicling the history of eroticism from 200 BC until today. Has the rocking phallus from "A Clockwork Orange." Was run by the widow of an oil tycoon, who said she lost $1 million a year on the place and didn't care. She died April 7, 2015, but the museum remains open.
1205 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL
On the east side of Washington Ave. just north of 12th St. Parking garages at 13th St. and Collins Ave., and 12th St. just west of Washington Ave.
M-Th 11-10, F-Su 11-midnight (Call to verify)
$20. Must be at least 18 to enter.
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This museum is a full collection and worth the now $20 admission (increased from $15 in November 2017). We spent 2 hours there to experience most of the art collection. From photographs and sculptures to plates, cigarette holders and lighters, lamp stands, ceramic mugs, jewelry, smoking pipes, and even tea strainers all depicting images relating to sex, sexuality, and nudity. This museum has a collection ranging from Adam and Eve to Marilyn Monroe and throughout history including items from 500 B.C.!

The rooms are divided by theme or culture/region and although most items do not have a label/description, everything is well organized and visible. There is a collection from the Kinsey Institute, photo images covering topics such as transsexual, feminism, and drag queens, and a video of Naomi Wilzig describing the beginnings of the museum and her start of the collection.

The museum is on the third floor and there is an elevator.

[Adventures Of Cluckleberry Hen, 01/21/2018]

Japanese pear.

World Erotic Art Museum

The World Erotic Art Museum is absolutely worth it. Probably don't take your grandmother, or your mother for that matter. Maybe just don't take anyone who is going to be rendered speechless by a wall of vulvas. Everything was neatly labeled and organized, from the Swarovski crystal-encrusted phallus (on a rotating pedestal for proper admiration and optimal sparkle), to the carved pear featuring genitals and insects, to the corncob-turned-penis framed sketch. The entire museum is impressive, but the true star of the show is an eight-foot-high golden penis. If you need that photo op (and who doesn't?), you can sit on the base like it's a giant, anatomically correct, erect throne.

[Jeanie, 12/02/2017]
World Erotic Art Museum

WEAM is much larger than you'd think and well worth the $15 admission. The permanent collection is organized by origin, time period, and/or subject matter. There is a room of Asian art, a large selection of fertility talismans, and contemporary art. There are HR Geiger prints, some Picassos, and a Dali. There is Betty Page and Tom of Finland. All in all, allow at least an hour and a half. [Duncan, 04/14/2017]

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