Iceland Has a Museum of What!?

As I walked back to Reykjavik City Hostel from downtown, I came across a peculiar sign — it was for the Icelandic Phallological Museum. It took me a moment, but I began to laugh as I took a photo of the sign. I couldn’t believe that Reykjavik is home to the world’s only penis museum (or that any city would have such a thing).

When I returned to the hostel, I talked with the receptionist and asked her what other museums I should see. On her list of museums I didn’t enter was the Phallological Museum. When I inquired why I should go in, she said, “Because it’s the only one in the world.”

phallological museum
Does that sign say what I think it says?

Well, in the interest of travel and morbid curiosity, I paid much more than I would have liked to see a museum full of dicks.

My expectations were shattered when I entered the museum. I assumed it would be full of viking phallic imagery — maybe some historic sculptures or other artwork. More importantly, I expected quite a bit more humor. I was instead disturbed.

Icelandic penis museum
What kind of museum did I walk in to?

As an Australian tourist at the hostel mentioned, “It’s just a bunch of cocks.” More specifically, it’s preserved animal cocks in glass jars.

Really, there’s nothing else that could make a man feel more inferior than standing next to a 13 foot whale penis. There were also plenty of other animal bits from around the world — I don’t even know how it was all organized.

penis lamp
Don’t you wish you had a classy lamp like this one?

There were some amusing items in the museum, but that didn’t make it any less disturbing. Sure, why not hang photos of phallus-shaped vegetables for immature people to giggle at. Better yet, turn an animal scrotum into a lampshade. They even have molds of the national silver medal-winning Olympic handball team [insert your own joke here].

Maybe if I hadn’t gone into the museum alone it would’ve been more amusing — it was definitely the case at the Museum of Sex in New York.

If you’d really like to go to Iceland’s penis museum, it’s located on┬áLaugavegur and open from 10 am to 6 pm daily. Tickets are 1250 kr, which is about $10.

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