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233 5th Avenue New York, NY
  • The outside of the museum looked nothing like I thought it would
  • Looking back, I now realize what I observed in that 10 minute period was more interesting than anything I saw inside the museum
  • I was also disappointed with the sex in design section section too
  • The oddest part of the whole experience was upstairs in what I dub the porn room

    • by holli
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      When I first read a museum about sex was opening in Manhattan, I laughed. To me, museums were for art and history and culture, not turn of the century sex toys and porn. And after reading a number of scathing reviews about the Museum of Sex, I completely wrote it off as another overpriced tourist trap.

      This summer however, curiosity got the better of me and one bright Sunday morning I dragged my boyfriend out of bed and said “Get dressed, we’re going to the sex museum!”

      The outside of the museum looked nothing like I thought it would. I was still in the “museum=art=huge marbled building with lots of stairs” frame of mind so when we came upon a small multi-level building that looked


      like every other building in the area, I was a bit taken aback.

      Before going in, we stood outside and smoked a cigarette. Looking back, I now realize what I observed in that 10 minute period was more interesting than anything I saw inside the museum; couples fighting because one wanted to go to the museum, the other didn’t, woman/men getting jealous because their partners were looking at the porn too much, one man entering with two girlfriends, people skulking around the entrance, waiting until no one was looking before sneaking in. Sadly, the only couple I saw that didn’t seem to have any issues was an older couple in their 60’s.

      The price for admission was 14.50. The gift shop is right next to ...


      • where you get your ticket. Here, erotic books, toys, gag items (penis shaped pasta) and lotions and potions and other odds n ends are on sale. The bathrooms are also down here as well.

        After buying our ticket, relieving our bladders, and checking out the gift shop, we made our way into the museum. I am still not sure if we saw everything in the museum because it only took us 15 minutes to get through the entire thing, which seemed like a rip-off for 14.50.

        All of the exhibits were interesting, but most of them were not broad enough in scope. The sex machines section could have been so much more. If HBO’s “Real Sex” tv show is to be believed there are

        lots of craftsman around the world inventing new machines to pleasure oneself. I was also disappointed with the sex in design section section too.

        The oddest part of the whole experience was upstairs in what I dub “the porn room.” The room is a long row of monitors with different types of porn playing and a written history/explanation of each kind. Around the row of monitors were covered kiosks with very graphic instuctional videos on how to please your partner.

        It was odd standing next to strangers and watching porn.

        The museum was interesting but I don’t think it was worth $14.50. There was really nothing there I couldn’t see for free on the internet or at one of the many Greenwich Village sex shops.




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