Sex around a world: Inside Iceland’s penis museum

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Sex around a world: Inside Iceland's penis museum
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Iceland: a land of glow and ice, famous for a blue lagoons, a bubbling geysers and a hulk penises. Its tiny penises, too, as a matter of fact.

The nation that brought us Bjork and iconic knitwear is also home to a Icelandic Phallological Museum, also famous as a world’s usually dedicated penis museum.

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It non-stop in 1997, and currently showcases over 215 phalli and penile tools in a collection that spans decades, continents and class from a land and sea.

The perfect volume of phalli, many of that are delicately recorded in formaldehyde and displayed in Perspex cases, creates a possess Natural History Museum demeanour definitely tame.

‘The judgment of a museum dedicated to penises, with tangible biological specimens, draws visitors,’ says Thordur Olafur Thordarson, partner curator during a museum. ‘That, as good as ubiquitous curiosity.’

Sex around a world: Inside Iceland's penis museum
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The museum started out as something of a joke, according to a founder, former clergyman Sigurour Hjartarson. Writing on a museum’s website, he says:

The substructure was laid in 1974 when we got a pizzle, or a bull‘s penis.

[Later] we was vital in a city of Akranes on a southwest coast, operative as a headmaster in a delegate school.

Some of my teachers used to work in summer in a circuitously whaling hire and after a initial specimen, they started bringing me whale penises, presumably to provoke me.

Then a thought came adult gradually that it competence be engaging collecting specimens from some-more mammalian species.

By 1997, Hjartarson had 62 specimens, adequate to open a museum in a centre of Reykjavik where it stays to this day.

It is now run by his son, Hjortur Gisli Sigurosson, a former logistics manager who gave adult his pursuit to run a museum full-time.

It’s not a distance that matters – it’s what we do with it. Like present it to a museum.

Sex around a world: Inside Iceland's penis museum
(Picture: HALLDOR KOLBEINS/AFP/Getty Images)

Size is all applicable during a Icelandic Phallological Museum. In fact, a movement in distance is means for jubilee here.

The penises operation from whales and bears to horses, seals, cats, hamsters and even mice – nonetheless station subsequent to a 1.7m, 75kg spermatazoa whale citation during a opening is adequate to make a many assured of group feel inadequate.

Before we ask, yes: there is a tellurian citation here too, donated by a 96-year-old Icelandic man.

There are also letters from group who have betrothed to present their appendages on their deaths, as good as casts of a Olympic china medal-winning Icelandic sport team, all of that are sprayed – wait for it – silver.

If conjunction male nor savage floats your boat, there’s something for we too. The museum houses an considerable collection of 23 folklore specimens, including an elfin penis that is sadly, yet obviously, invisible.

Sex around a world: Inside Iceland's penis museum
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For those who like their phalli with a rather some-more artistic bent, a museum has approximately 350 penis-related ‘artistic oddments’ and ‘practical utensils’ to take in, among that are cartoons, quirky sculptures, totem poles, trays and a telephone.

A penis-shaped lamp, forged from timber and finish with merged shade, is utterly illuminating.

With a solid tide of visitors, a museum’s collection is ceaselessly growing, says Thordarson:

We frequently accept donations, generally from abroad nowadays. About dual months ago an aged crony of a museum presented us with an considerable penis from a plains zebra, also famous as a common zebra.

New donations are always welcome, generally from class we don´t already have. Not too prolonged ago we were vehement and set to accept a lion’s penis yet apparently it was eaten somewhere on a way.

It is a shouting matter

Sex around a world: Inside Iceland's penis museum
(Picture: HALLDOR KOLBEINS/AFP/Getty Images)

In contrariety to a traditional, rather staid museum experience, visitors to a Icelandic Phallological Museum are expected to travel turn gloomy their giggles.

There is copiousness to learn on a approach about a story of a penis and engaging nuggets of believe to take divided – for instance, did we know that elephants can use their penis to blemish hard-to-reach areas?

The accord is that delight and training go hand-in-hand.

School trips arrive frequently to a comfortable acquire from Sigurosson, who believes children are reduction diffident and some-more open to seeking questions.

Some wise interruption gifts

Sex around a world: Inside Iceland's penis museum
(Picture: HALLDOR KOLBEINS/AFP/Getty Images)

As one would design from an internationally eminent museum, there is a present emporium offered a customary collection of bottle openers, pivotal rings and t-shirts – yet this is a world’s solitary penis museum.

Visitors can also select from knitted willy warmers; penis-shaped pasta; penis salt and peppers shakers and magnets stamped with, ‘It’s all about a dicks’.

A utterly renouned squeeze is a away wrapped engineer condom. They come in 9 varieties, including ‘Rock Formation’, ‘Volcano’ and ‘Hot Spring’, and they all underline a dictatorial tag line: ‘High peculiarity condom from a land of explosions’.

James, a dentist from Yorkshire, visited a museum final year during a mini mangle to Reykjavik.

He says:

I was happy to give it a skip yet my partner done me go. It’s utterly plain from a outside. Then once you’re in it is utterly small, usually a few bedrooms really.

When we go in a initial thing we see is a large spermatazoa whale penis. That’s utterly off-putting.

We wandered turn and looked during all a opposite forms of penis and review about some of them, that was utterly interesting. We did cackle like kids a satisfactory bit.

I felt contemptible for a dual lads who were going turn with their parents. The father kept reading pieces out loud, they looked mortified.

What were a highlights?

Obviously we wanted to see a man’s penis. The hulk elephant cock unresolved from a wall was utterly cool.

I don’t suggest looking during a ones of a lads from a Olympic palm turn group though, unless we wish to feel unequivocally bad about yourself.

James’ verdict: value a visit, if usually to contend you’ve been.

I would contend go as it’s a usually one of a kind and it doesn’t take prolonged to go round. It’s clearly generally women that go; one of a staff pronounced that women shaped about 60% of a visitors.

If you’re a singular guy, it’s all about a penis museum.

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