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10 Weirdest Museums You Really Should Visit


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The Icelandic Phallological Museum
The Icelandic Phallological Museum features phallic specimens from nearly all the land and sea mammals in Iceland. Including a few humans. © Bob Strong/Reuters/Corbis
The Icelandic Phallological Museum features phallic specimens from nearly all the land and sea mammals in Iceland. Including a few humans. © Bob Strong/Reuters/Corbis

It's easy to spot the entrance to this themed collection in the Icelandic city of Reykjavik. After all, it's not every day a penis-shaped sign guides your way.

The Phallus Museum goes to great lengths to present an impressive collection, one that features phallic specimens from nearly all the land and sea mammals whose species live in the country. More than 215 penises and related parts line the museum's galleries, including those belonging to mice and whales. Lest the collection go unfinished, four men have legally donated their penises upon death.

The museum was founded by Sigurdur Hjartarson, a former principal and teacher, whose interest in the field was piqued when he received a pizzle -- a whip made of a bull's penis. The museum is now curated by his son, Hjortur Gisli Sigurosson, a self-proclaimed second-generation phallologist.

In keeping with the curator's inspiration, be sure to stop by the gift shop before you leave. You won't find a pizzle, but you will find an assortment of designer condoms, and penis-shaped bottle openers [source: The Icelandic Phallological Museum].


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