Las Vegas is home to the largest erotic museum on the planet. Shocking, right? I know what you’re thinking: Who in their right mind would ever visit the Erotic Heritage Museum then blab about it to everybody on the internet? I’m glad you asked, because that’s exactly what I’m about to do. More importantly, I’m pretty stoked about it.
You’re probably thinking the museum is full of pornography, not much more than a sex shop in a seedy part of town with shuttered windows and men in trench coats. That’s not completely untrue. There is pornography, there is merchandise, and I also maneuvered around broken glass in the parking lot. Alas, the flashers can be found one block over on the swanky end of the Las Vegas Strip. The museum’s owner is Harry Mohney, as in the strip club king and Larry Flynt’s BFF. Let me go ahead and warn you now, erotic films are shown on screens all over the museum so if you can’t handle all that up in yo’ face, cover your eyes as you walk by. There’s too much to see to get bashful now.
After you get past the initial shock of the human body’s “private parts” staring at you from every direction, something interesting happens. You start to become curious. The purpose behind the museum is educational and experiential, a place guests can learn about communities and celebrate their basic human desires without judgment. The exhibits are more than just raunch (although you can find that too as they examine the history and role of the adult film industry in society), they are also interactive. “Earth, Magic, Sex, Motion” is a two-story tandem bicycle that allows museum goers to climb on and start pedaling. It’s stationary, but once the gears start turning above, you quickly notice other adult elements are set in motion. It’s pretty much the erotic version of a Rube Goldberg machine. Who doesn’t want to say they rode the largest sex bike in the world while vacationing in Vegas?
By October, the museum will have five interactive and immersive displays, including a 10-foot vulva that you will literally be able to walk into. Guests can touch the interior “walls” of the constructed womb and cervix along with other places they may not be able to find in real life (badump-bump). But before then, they’re assembling an exhibit called “Sex in the Third Reich,” which will look at the way sexuality was controlled by the German government from 1933 to 1945. The display will feature an original piece of lingerie worn by Hitler’s mistress, Eva Braun.
Speaking of historical artifacts, the Erotic Heritage Museum has quite the collection of ancient and antique pleasure devices. The Fithian, a permanent exhibit, features sex toys from all over the world, dating as far back as 1500 BC. Many of which are made of marble, stone and even jade. Then there’s the erotic art. From ancient Indian Kama Sutra-type paintings to the Shang dynasty and even South American tribal art, the collections are vast and fascinating. Paintings and photography from the Goddess exhibit, featuring various artists’ interpretations of the feminine mystique, are for sale. The same goes for the rotating art in the lobby.
While lots of things will be changing in the next few months, one thing we’re most looking forward to is Halloween. The Museum will transform its 24,000-square-foot property into a haunted house to celebrate. This year’s theme is “Slaughterhouse,” inspired by Maroon 5’s controversial music video “Animals.” If you think the Frightdome is fun, wait ’til you get a load of this: The ghouls and goblins at the Erotic Heritage Museum are all nude. The museum is home to Puppetry of the Penis, or as I like to call it: genital origami hour. They also host workshops, lectures, live performances of erotic poetry and dance, and Naked Yoga with porn stars. I’m just saying, you might want to put that last one on your bucket list.