Sigurður Hjartarson, born in 1941 is the curator and founder of The Icelandic Phallological Museum. The museum grew out of an interest in penises that began during Sigurður’s childhood when he was given a cattle whip made from a bull’s penis.
He obtained the organs of Icelandic animals from sources around the country. With acquisitions ranging from the 170 cm (67 in) front tip of a blue whale penis to the 2 mm (0.08 in) baculum of a hamster, which can only be seen with a magnifying glass.
The museum claims that its collection includes the penises of elves and trolls, though, as Icelandic folklore portrays such creatures as being invisible, they cannot be seen. The collection also features phallic art and crafts such as lampshades made from the scrotums of bulls.
The Icelandic Phallological Museum houses the world’s largest display of penises and penile parts. The collection of 280 specimens from 93 species of animals includes 55 penises taken from whales, 36 from seals and 118 from land mammals. In July 2011, the museum obtained its first human penis, one of four promised by would-be donors. Its detachment from the donor’s body did not go according to plan. Instead it was reduced to a greyish-brown shrivelled mass that was pickled in a jar of formaldehyde.
Every day from 10-18.
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Where is the Phallological Museum?
The Phallological Museum of Iceland is located on Reykjavik’s main shopping street in the city center, Laugavegur. The museum is not far from the bus station.
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