Looking at Porn in Public at the Amsterdam Sex Museum (NSFW)

04 April 2013

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When I first arrived in Amsterdam it was still the early morning and a chilly winter day. I had no map and very little knowledge of the city but I knew I wanted to get out of the cold. So when the very first museum I came across was Venustempel, or Sex Museum, I just had to go inside. If you just clicked the link to check out the info on this museum, you are currently being serenaded by a non-stop loop of 'Erotic'. You're welcome.

19th century pornography on the interior of a letter box 
This museum can be found just a couple blocks over from the infamous red light district and costs a mere 4 euros to enter. The first floor starts out with novelties: faux cakes shaped like penises, corsets, chastity belts, and a large neon sign saying "red light district" followed by a recreation of a 19th century street with hookers waving to you out the window. Yes, they move- as well as the men coming to look at their "wares". After getting through this kitschy mess, move upstairs where the rest of the museum has a more traditional design.

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As the museum's website states sex is "the most natural thing in the world and is probably also the most historically well-documented thing in the world." This is showcased in the museum's collection of sensual paintings and sculptures which are actually displayed very tastefully. Sex is shown through the ages, from ancient Greek pottery to the invention of photography and the mass production of pornography. Which, I don't know about you, but there's something very humanizing about seeing these works. Like, you read text books about people from hundreds or thousands of years ago and it's so easy to forget that they were humans, too. And then you go to this museums and you're like "Oh, this ancient Greek guy was drawing naked chicks, lol!"

Something a little more contemporary
In the end, I really enjoyed this museum- if only for the giggle. I mean, who wouldn't smile at giant, penis-shaped chairs? From serious artworks to novelties, it was a fun and invigorating way to start my trip in Amsterdam and totally worth the stop if you're bold enough!

Would you go to a sex museum?


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11 comments

  1. I want to go to Amsterdam so bad! & I would totally go to a sex museum. haha...

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  2. i've heard of this!! i would definitely explore lol!

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  3. was in Amsterdam in summer 2010 but time was limited and I never had the chance to inside a pub at the rrd light district..lolz..maybe next time..interesting post and photos here!
    thanks for the visit in my blog, http://www.travel-snapshots.com.
    enjoy ur travels..hit me back if you plan to visit Bavaria..

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! And the red light district was actually pretty nice. My hostel was right in the middle of it!

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  4. Hahaha! YES definitely. When I visited Bruegges (sp?) there were so many sex novelty items all over the place. My brother and I HAD to get the chocolate genitalia.

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    1. Lol! I'm glad other people are weird like me!

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  5. I definitely would. This place looks awesome.

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