Sigurður Hjartarson, born in 1941 is the curator and founder of The Icelandic Phallological Museum (in Icelandic, Hid Islenzka Reidasafn). 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.
Phallology is an ancient science which, until recent years, has received very little attention in Iceland except as a borderline field of study in other academic disciplines (history, art, psychology, literature and artistic fields like music and ballet.)
Thanks to The Icelandic Phallological Museum, individuals can finally undertake serious study into the field of phallology in an organized, scientific fashion.
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.
What to see in the Phallological Museum?
Housing the world’s largest collection of penises, the Icelandic Phallological Museum offers visitors a unique learning experience. Over the years this family friendly museum has grown steadily and the presentation has been improved. The museum recently opened a phallic themed bistro where guests can enjoy exclusive craft beers and dishes.
The museum contains a collection of more than two hundred and fifteen penises and penile parts belonging to almost all the land and sea mammals found in Iceland. Visitors to the museum can view fifty-six specimens from seventeen whale species, a specimen from a polar bear, thirty-six specimens from seven different kinds of seal and walrus, and one hundred and fifteen specimens from twenty different kinds of land mammal, including Homo sapiens., There are also twenty-four folklore/mythical specimens and over almost fifty specimens from outside Iceland. Altogether, the collection contains 282 specimens from 93 different species of animals.
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.
In addition to the biological specimens, visitors can view a collection of about 350 artistic oddities and practical utensils related to the museum’s chosen theme.
When is the Phallological Museum open?
Every day from 10-19 (10:00am – 7:00pm).
Is there an Entrance fee to the Phallological Museum?
Yes, Adults pay 2200 ISK.
Where is the Phallological Museum?
The museum is located at Hafnartorg Square in central Reykjavik; the entrance is on the corner of Geirsgata and Reykjastrætis streets.
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