Museum of Sex

233 5th Ave

The mission of the Museum of Sex is to preserve and present the history, evolution, and cultural significance of human sexuality. In its exhibitions, programs and publications, The Museum of Sex is committed to open discourse and exchange, and to bri... more

The mission of the Museum of Sex is to preserve and present the history, evolution, and cultural significance of human sexuality. In its exhibitions, programs and publications, The Museum of Sex is committed to open discourse and exchange, and to bringing to the public the best in current scholarship.

The Museum's exhibition schedule changes frequently, and we encourage you to visit their website for up-to-date information.

Aside from frequent exhibitions, the Museum is home to the Ralph Whittington Collection. Ralph Whittington, who recently retired as a curator at the Library of Congress after 38 years of service, was a major force in acquiring and documenting pornography since the 1970s. Since picking up a pocket-size magazine on a second-grade school trip to Baltimore, he has known of his interest in the subject, and 'came out' as a collector about twenty years ago. His collection, which includes more than four hundred 8-millimeter films, 700 videos, 1,500 magazines, 100 books, and artifacts such as blow-up dolls and bawdy house coins, has been recently acquired by the Museum of Sex.


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Sex Lives Of Animals

The Sex Lives of Animals is a celebration of the diversity of animal sexual behavior. This emergent research has resulted in new interpretations, delving into the possible evolutionary benefits of non-reproductive sex, for both individuals and social groups.

Set to debut in this exhibition are li... [ + ]fe-sized animal sculptures custom-made by Rune Olsen. Composed of the "social materials" of newspaper and tape, these pieces explore the physical world with the immediacy and expressiveness of hand drawing. Through the incorporation of human-like glass eyes, the distance between human and animal vanishes, seducing the viewer into a direct interaction with the gaze of the animal.

In this "new natural history" the Museum of Sex is presenting an uncensored story of the natural world, moving animal sexuality beyond the confines of reproduction and mating, towards discussions of orientation and cognition. By exploring the most intimate part of life, where it is often said we are most animal like, we can appreciate the significance of research on animal sexuality and, perhaps, extrapolate these concepts to larger issues regarding sexuality in general.

08/12/2020 11:00 AM
Wed, August 12
11:00AM
$
$17.50 – Before 1pm Monday – Friday
$20.50 – All other times
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Spotlight On The Permanent Collection

Our newly redesigned Spotlight Gallery allows our patrons to explore sexuality in a way that is personal and pertinent to their own experiences by presenting a wide array of sexual themes and concepts. This gallery offers a sampling of artifacts drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection of over 1... [ + ]5,000 objects, including works of art, clothing, technological inventions and historical ephemera.

The themes currently explored in the gallery are: sex education, sex in art, illustration, anime, kinks, modern commercialized design, photography, sex and technology, the medicialization of sex, representations of gender and identity, as well vibratorsas alternate interpretations of the human body. The exhibition includes works by well known artists such as Keith Haring, Pablo Picasso and Alexis Rockman. Due to popular demand, several key artifacts from the museum’s two most recent exhibitions, Sex in Design/Design in Sex, and Kink: Geography of the Erotic Imagination, are featured in this new space as well as provocative and through provoking installations such as Mike Sullivan’s Sex Lives of Robots and Timothy Archibald’s Sex Machines.

Highlights of the technology collection include Archibald’s portrayal of homemade sex machines constructed from everyday household materials as well as commercial devices registered with the U.S. Monkey RockerPatent Office that prevent, improve or enhance sexual function. The gallery also has an interactive feature where patrons can gently touch both male and female RealDoll torsos. RealDolls, created by Abyss Creations, have gained immense popularity in the media and have most recently been seen on the television show CSI: NY and in the film Lars and the Real Girl. As well as having RealDoll torsos to touch, the exhibition also features both a full length male and a female RealDoll on display.

With the revision of our Spotlight Gallery, we hope to touch on a broader spectrum of themes and present the very best of current sexual scholarship in a playful and educational way.

08/12/2020 11:00 AM
Wed, August 12
11:00AM
$
$17.50 – Before 1pm Monday – Friday
$20.50 – All other times
Get Tickets

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233 5th Ave
New York, NY 10016
(212) 689-6337
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Admission And Tickets

$17.50 – Before 1pm Monday – Friday
$20.50 – All other times

This Week's Hours

Sun–Thu: 10:30am–10:00pm
Fri-Sat: 10:30am–11:00pm

Nearby Subway

  • to 28th St
  • to 23rd Street

Upcoming Events

Sex Lives Of Animals

The Sex Lives of Animals is a celebration of the diversity of animal sexual behavior. This emergent research has resulted in new interpretations, delving into the possible evolutionary benefits of non-reproductive sex, for both individuals and social groups.

Set to debut in this exhibition are li... [ + ]fe-sized animal sculptures custom-made by Rune Olsen. Composed of the "social materials" of newspaper and tape, these pieces explore the physical world with the immediacy and expressiveness of hand drawing. Through the incorporation of human-like glass eyes, the distance between human and animal vanishes, seducing the viewer into a direct interaction with the gaze of the animal.

In this "new natural history" the Museum of Sex is presenting an uncensored story of the natural world, moving animal sexuality beyond the confines of reproduction and mating, towards discussions of orientation and cognition. By exploring the most intimate part of life, where it is often said we are most animal like, we can appreciate the significance of research on animal sexuality and, perhaps, extrapolate these concepts to larger issues regarding sexuality in general.

08/12/2020 11:00 AM
Wed, August 12
11:00AM
$
$17.50 – Before 1pm Monday – Friday
$20.50 – All other times
Get Tickets

Spotlight On The Permanent Collection

Our newly redesigned Spotlight Gallery allows our patrons to explore sexuality in a way that is personal and pertinent to their own experiences by presenting a wide array of sexual themes and concepts. This gallery offers a sampling of artifacts drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection of over 1... [ + ]5,000 objects, including works of art, clothing, technological inventions and historical ephemera.

The themes currently explored in the gallery are: sex education, sex in art, illustration, anime, kinks, modern commercialized design, photography, sex and technology, the medicialization of sex, representations of gender and identity, as well vibratorsas alternate interpretations of the human body. The exhibition includes works by well known artists such as Keith Haring, Pablo Picasso and Alexis Rockman. Due to popular demand, several key artifacts from the museum’s two most recent exhibitions, Sex in Design/Design in Sex, and Kink: Geography of the Erotic Imagination, are featured in this new space as well as provocative and through provoking installations such as Mike Sullivan’s Sex Lives of Robots and Timothy Archibald’s Sex Machines.

Highlights of the technology collection include Archibald’s portrayal of homemade sex machines constructed from everyday household materials as well as commercial devices registered with the U.S. Monkey RockerPatent Office that prevent, improve or enhance sexual function. The gallery also has an interactive feature where patrons can gently touch both male and female RealDoll torsos. RealDolls, created by Abyss Creations, have gained immense popularity in the media and have most recently been seen on the television show CSI: NY and in the film Lars and the Real Girl. As well as having RealDoll torsos to touch, the exhibition also features both a full length male and a female RealDoll on display.

With the revision of our Spotlight Gallery, we hope to touch on a broader spectrum of themes and present the very best of current sexual scholarship in a playful and educational way.

08/12/2020 11:00 AM
Wed, August 12
11:00AM
$
$17.50 – Before 1pm Monday – Friday
$20.50 – All other times
Get Tickets

Sex Lives Of Animals

The Sex Lives of Animals is a celebration of the diversity of animal sexual behavior. This emergent research has resulted in new interpretations, delving into the possible evolutionary benefits of non-reproductive sex, for both individuals and social groups.

Set to debut in this exhibition are li... [ + ]fe-sized animal sculptures custom-made by Rune Olsen. Composed of the "social materials" of newspaper and tape, these pieces explore the physical world with the immediacy and expressiveness of hand drawing. Through the incorporation of human-like glass eyes, the distance between human and animal vanishes, seducing the viewer into a direct interaction with the gaze of the animal.

In this "new natural history" the Museum of Sex is presenting an uncensored story of the natural world, moving animal sexuality beyond the confines of reproduction and mating, towards discussions of orientation and cognition. By exploring the most intimate part of life, where it is often said we are most animal like, we can appreciate the significance of research on animal sexuality and, perhaps, extrapolate these concepts to larger issues regarding sexuality in general.

08/13/2020 11:00 AM
Thu, August 13
11:00AM
$
$17.50 – Before 1pm Monday – Friday
$20.50 – All other times
Get Tickets

Spotlight On The Permanent Collection

Our newly redesigned Spotlight Gallery allows our patrons to explore sexuality in a way that is personal and pertinent to their own experiences by presenting a wide array of sexual themes and concepts. This gallery offers a sampling of artifacts drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection of over 1... [ + ]5,000 objects, including works of art, clothing, technological inventions and historical ephemera.

The themes currently explored in the gallery are: sex education, sex in art, illustration, anime, kinks, modern commercialized design, photography, sex and technology, the medicialization of sex, representations of gender and identity, as well vibratorsas alternate interpretations of the human body. The exhibition includes works by well known artists such as Keith Haring, Pablo Picasso and Alexis Rockman. Due to popular demand, several key artifacts from the museum’s two most recent exhibitions, Sex in Design/Design in Sex, and Kink: Geography of the Erotic Imagination, are featured in this new space as well as provocative and through provoking installations such as Mike Sullivan’s Sex Lives of Robots and Timothy Archibald’s Sex Machines.

Highlights of the technology collection include Archibald’s portrayal of homemade sex machines constructed from everyday household materials as well as commercial devices registered with the U.S. Monkey RockerPatent Office that prevent, improve or enhance sexual function. The gallery also has an interactive feature where patrons can gently touch both male and female RealDoll torsos. RealDolls, created by Abyss Creations, have gained immense popularity in the media and have most recently been seen on the television show CSI: NY and in the film Lars and the Real Girl. As well as having RealDoll torsos to touch, the exhibition also features both a full length male and a female RealDoll on display.

With the revision of our Spotlight Gallery, we hope to touch on a broader spectrum of themes and present the very best of current sexual scholarship in a playful and educational way.

08/13/2020 11:00 AM
Thu, August 13
11:00AM
$
$17.50 – Before 1pm Monday – Friday
$20.50 – All other times
Get Tickets
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Cam Life: An Introduction to Webcam Culture
https://t.co/Wg00HZfwgG On view through May 31, 2020 in partnership wi…
https://t.co/9pgh3xwe8q April 16

"On Abortion" running February 7th – October 15th 2020
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https://t.co/1TYpQsc2il April 13

Cam Life: An Introduction to Webcam Culture
https://t.co/MreJTbKwAu On view through May 31, 2020 in partnership wi…
https://t.co/YI9SREwsVo April 07

"On Abortion" running February 7th – October 15th 2020
https://t.co/aUOg3x0kfZ
https://t.co/eXBkfrtBlg March 25

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