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The Icelandic Phallological Museum

The Icelandic Phallological Museum is one of the most informative, humorous, and unusual museums in the world. The world famous “Penis museum” in Reykjavik is the only museum in the world to contain a collection of phallic specimens of each mammal found in a single country. Founder Sigurður Hjartarson started collecting the specimens 40 years ago, making it accessible to the public in 1997 with the opening of the museum.

The Icelandic Phallological Museum contains a collection of more than 220 penises and penile parts belonging to all the land and sea mammals that can be found in Iceland. The foreign section holds more than 40 specimens as well as a folklore section that has 20 pieces on display. All in all, the museum houses more than 380 biological specimens. In addition to the biological section of the museum, visitors can view a collection of about 350 artistic oddments and practical utensils related to the museum’s theme.

The museum is in a 250m2 (2,700ft2) location in the upper part of Reykjavik’s main shopping street, Laugavegur, right next to the main bus terminal, Hlemmur. Visitors might enjoy a souvenir corner featuring an exclusive selection of all things phallic. Seeing is believing!

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