The Venustempel Sex Museum in Amsterdam is the world’s first sex museum. Housed in a 17-thcentury building in the very heart of the city, it features an extensive collection of erotic paintings, statues, recordings, photographs, and other items relating to sex and eroticism. All of the exhibits were personally curated by the owners and remain on permanent display. The main theme is the evolution of human sexuality throughout the ages.
Venustempel began in 1985 with just a small display of erotic artifacts from the 19th century. Due to its huge popularity with the general public, its collection was later expanded upon, and the museum now sees more than 500,000 visitors through its doors each and every year.
More than just a display of erotic pictures and items, the museum takes visitors through a journey of how sex was regarded and experienced throughout history, including the repressive Middle Ages. Visitors may well be surprised to learn how open historical civilizations were about sex, from Cleopatra’s regiment of mento the Romans’ insatiable appetite for it.
This museum is no family attraction, and only those aged 16 and over are permitted inside. The museum is conveniently located near Central Station, and just a five-minute walk from Dam Square.