List of sex museums

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New York City's Museum of Sex

A sex museum is a museum that displays erotic art, historical sexual aids, and documents on the history of erotica. They were popular in Europe at the end of the 1960s and during the 1970s, the era of the sexual revolution. Since the 1990s, these museums are often called erotic museums or erotic art museums instead of sex museums.


Notable sex museums

South America

North America



"Beppu Hihokan", a sex museum next to the Shiraike-Jigoku in the Kannawa Spa, Beppu, Oita, Japan. Tie Lun Wen Quan Mi Bao Guan PB060105.jpg
"Beppu Hihōkan", a sex museum next to the Shiraike-Jigoku in the Kannawa Spa, Beppu, Ōita, Japan.


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