Icelandic Phallological Museum
The Icelandic Phallological Museum is the world’s largest display of penises and penile parts. In July 2011, the museum obtained its first human penis, one of many promised by would-be donors. Its detachment from the donor’s body did not go according to plan and it was reduced to a greyish-brown shriveled mass.
About Icelandic Phallological Museum in brief
The Icelandic Phallological Museum is the world’s largest display of penises and penile parts. As of early 2020 the museum moved to a new location in Hafnartorg, three times the size of the previous one, and the collection holds well over 300 penises from more than 100 species of mammal. In July 2011, the museum obtained its first human penis, one of many promised by would-be donors. Its detachment from the donor’s body did not go according to plan and it was reduced to a greyish-brown shriveled mass that was pickled in a jar of formalin. The museum has become a popular tourist attraction with thousands of visitors a year. It has received international media attention, including a Canadian documentary film called The Final Member, which covers the museum’s quest to obtain a human penis. The collection also features phallic art and crafts such as lampshades made from the scrotums of bulls. It was founded in 1997 by since-then retired teacher Sigurður Hjartarson and now run by his son Hjörtur Gísli Sigur Icelandic folklore includes the penises of elves and trolls, though as Icelandic folklore portrays such creatures as being invisible, they cannot be seen. It is also home to 22 phallological artifacts, such as the penis of a polar bear shot by fishermen who found the animal drifting on drift ice off the Westfjords. It aims to enable people to undertake serious study into the field of phallology in an organized, scientific fashion.
It also has a gallery of phallic artifacts, including the penis and baculum of a hamster, which can only be seen with a magnifying glass, as well as a collection of 22 phallic objects from the Icelandic folklore. It opened in August 1997 and was put on public display until it was awarded a grant from Reykjavík’s city council of ISK 200,000 to support the museum in August 2003. In 2003, it attracted 5,200 visitors, of which 4,200 were from abroad, and by the end of the year it was attracting more than 5,000 visitors a month. It now has a permanent exhibition space of 2,200 square feet. It will open its doors to the public for the first time on January 1, 2014. It hopes to attract more visitors in the coming months and years to its collection of more than 300 penis organs and penises. It plans to open a branch in the city of Húsavík, a fishing village with a fishing population of about 2,000 people with a population of a little more than 2,500. It currently has a staff of six people, including its founder and his son, who is also a former teacher and principal of Hamrahlid College in ReykjAVík. The Museum’s collection includes the organs of Icelandic animals from sources around the country, with acquisitions ranging from the 170 cm front tip of a blue whale penis to the 2 mm bacula of a Hamster. The organs of farm animals came from slaughterhouses, while fishermen supplied those of pinnipeds and smaller whales.