After spending a year teaching English and touring around South Korea, Neil and I are no strangers to weird and wonderful museums – Loveland, Teddy Bears, Chocolate. If you can collect it, SoKo will have a museum for it and we’ve probably been to it. Iceland is also home to a couple of quirky museums – The Museum of Small Exhibits (belt buckles included) and the Icelandic Phallological Museum. Obviously we chose to a trip to the later.
Currently housed in Reykjavik, the Icelandic Phallological Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of penises and penile parts – over 280 specimens, from 93 different species of animals of all shapes and sizes. The museums largest exhibit is a portion of a blue whale’s penis, measuring 170 cm long and weighing in at 70 kg (taller and heavier than me!). There wasn’t space to showcase the entire specimen, which would have measured over 5 meters and weighed more than 350 kg. On the other end of the penile scale is the penis bone of a hamster, a tiny 2 mm long. It’s so small you’ll need a magnifying glass to view it.
Most of the museums members are pickled in formaldehyde, some are salted, stuffed and mounted on walls, a couple have been turned into art and a handful are invisible. Among the more elusive members are some Icelandic elf and troll penises, who the museum claims to have the only examples of – they’re all invisible, according to folklore traditions of course. There’s also examples from a skuggabaldur (catafox), a skoffin (shadow-hound) and a merman.
There’s also a section of penis paraphernalia and if you’re more interested in something to furnish your home there are several examples of lamps and ornate light fittings constructed out of penile and scrotum skin. After giggling our way around most of the exhibits we arrived at the museum shop where you can purchase your very own bull pizzle walking stick (no idea how we’d get that through customs) and several other phallic shaped items.
TIP: Don’t forget to collect a catalog from the front desk so you can read all about what you’re looking at, including measurements and date of donation. They’re currently looking for “younger, bigger, better” homosapien member, so get in touch if you’d like to donate yours!
Wanna Visit the Icelandic Phallological Museum?
The museum is open 7 days a week from 11am until 6pm. Entry is 1.000 Kr.
Laugavegi 116, Reykjavik, Iceland.