During the late 1960’s and 70’s it was not un-normal to find a “sex Museum” in various locations around Europe. In the 90’s, these types of museums still exists, however, they were now referred to as Erotic museums instead of sex museums.
Some of the locations that till have this type of museum include, The Leather and Archives Museum, The Museum of Sex in New York City which opened in 2002, The World Erotic Art Museum in Miami, The Hollywood Erotic Museum which opened in 2004 but is no longer operating and our focus today, The Erotic Heritage Museum in Las Vegas that is in a building which is 24,000 sq. ft. and was opened in 2008. My guest Ralph Greco is a Liaison for the Las Vegas Heritage Museum, so I wanted to do some research on this type of museum and others similar to it.
Here is what I find very interesting about this museum. It was actually started as a partnership between a Preacher (Rev. Ted McIllvenna) and a Pornographer (Harry Mohney). Together, these two men wanted to create a space to educate on sex positivity and the museum houses everything from erotic artifacts, fine art, film, education and cultural events.
When digging deeper in my research of this particular museum one quote that I read was, “every human being, has a story to tell. This Museum is the story of *us*, at our most intimate, throughout history. (Quoted from Wikipedia)
This is exactly what I, Coralyn Jewel want my readers to know. We all have a story and we all have had intimate experiences. These two men from completely different realms of life came together with the same belief that, we are all sexual and our sexuality should be accepted. We as people should have the right to freedom of speech and a place to educate ourselves on sexuality.
What can you do and see at the museum? This is a place where visitors can learn about communities and celebrate their basic human desires without judgment. Everything from magazines, sculptures, mannequins, sexual artifacts, scientific discoveries and the preservation of a number of ancient artifacts can be found under one roof.
The museum also hosts educational events for guests to explore their physical, sexual and emotional health. It is imperative these types of museums continue to get our support as visitors and remain open where we can educate ourselves with acceptance and begin to erase the shaming of sex and the sex industry.
Till next time, Coralyn Jewel