Come learn about the history, the evolution, and the cultural significance of human sexuality. The Museum of Sex (MoSex) collects and preserves art and artifacts, and has had more than 25 exhibitions and 6 virtual installations since it first opened in 2002. The museum’s mission is to advocate open discourse around sexuality while presenting top-notch current scholarship in an unhindered and uncensored way. The museum showcases material and artifacts from many different cultures, continents, and time periods in many different media. The permanent collection has more than 15,000 objects including art, photography, clothing, technology, and historical artifacts (think Japanese Shunga prints and vintage condoms). The research library maintains a collection of works that ranges from the historically significant to current art to fiction. The media library explores the topics of sex and sexuality through film, and how sexual imagery in films (from mainstream cinema to modern pornography) shapes the sexual attitudes and behaviors of the corresponding times.
Visitors must be 18 or older to enter the museum. All backpacks, umbrellas, and bags must be checked (for a fee of $2.00/item). Group visits are available at reduced rates (for groups of ten or more), and must be reserved at least two weeks in advance. To get to the museum by subway, take the R to 28th Street (Broadway); the 6 to 28th Street (Park Avenue); or the 1 to 28th Street (7th Avenue). By bus, take the M2, M3, M5 going downtown on Fifth Avenue; the M6 or M7 going downtown on Broadway; or the M2, M3 going uptown on Madison Avenue.