Warning! This Post Contains Penis… Iceland’s Phallological Museum in Reykjavik

Penis Museum in Iceland

With large modern windows and its name crisply printed across the building, you could easily mistake Iceland’s Phallological Museum for being an office building from the outside. It’s certainly a formal appearance for a place containing the world’s largest collection of penises. Furthermore, it’s surprisingly small in size. But what it lacks in size, it makes up for in variety. The collection currently holds over 280 different penises, testicles and artefacts.

Phallological Museum in Reykjavik, IcelandThe Penis Iron – an ideal present to give a feminist!

Icelandic Penis MuseumToothpick anyone?

As you pay the 1000 Icelandic Kroner (approx. £5) entrance fee, you are given a booklet that identifies each genitalia to a particular creature. Naturally, by the end of your visit you innocently feel like quite the penis connoisseur.

It may be a penis museum, but it’s not a place that can be compared to a dingily-lit sex museum in the back alley of Europe. Glass boxes and perfectly polished glass jars are lined neatly on shelves and cabinets. It’s the kind of display you’d expect to see well-preserved relics from history inside, not well-preserved penises in formaldehyde. But that’s exactly why I love this museum – it’s a complete deviation from everything you expect a museum to contain – yet this place still feels like a museum, but a very, very cheeky one!

From any direction, I’m greeted with penises big and small, short and fat. Some are curly and some are shrivelled; some hang down from the walls and some are in photographic form. I can’t help giggle as though I’m a mischievous 10-year-old school girl peering into the boy’s locker room after PE.

Reykjavik Penis Museum, IcelandI’ll give you a clue… It’s not an elephant’s trunk…

Sei whale penis, Iceland Museum

It’s a tight squeeze, but the Sei Whale penis just about manages to fit in.

Boar penis inside Iceland's Phallological Museum

This curly number belongs to a boar!

The founder of the museum, Sigurdur Hjartarson, was in fact a headmaster when he began his ‘hobby’ of penis preserving. It started in 1974 after he revealed to a group of friends that he owned a bull’s penis as a child, to use as a cattle whip (as you do!). His friends loved his childhood story so much that they bought him a few more, then after that, more ‘donations’ were given, becoming more varied and adventurous. Then in 1997 when he had 62 penises to his name, he opened up the museum. This is a fabulous story, partly because this would never happen in England. Can you imagine the headline? – ‘Headmaster opens Penis Museum’ – the boring brigade would have a field day boycotting this place, as well as taking away his license to work with children. But luckily, Icelanders are equipped with a heavy dose of humour and overall the museum is considered a bit of a national treasure.

Penis snowman, museum IcelandCheck out this April Fool’s! ‘Erected by his pupils on April 1st 2009’

Despite all the different types of penises inside the museum, the one which is most familiar to us – the human penis – is yet to be displayed. But on the walls are several letters of willing donors, who wish to bequeath their manhood to the museum, so I guess it’s just a matter of who pops their clogs first!

The closest thing you get to a human penis are a collection of silver penis casts from the Icelandic handball team. They won the silver medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and what better to celebrate? (note the colour is in keeping).

Penis mould, Icelandic Phalloligcal museum

Finally, as I make my way around the room, I browse through the small shop where you can buy genitalia related novelties, one of these is a lamp shade made from bull scrotum, and as disgusting as it sounds, it’s quite beautiful to look at. I’m disappointed I don’t have the money to buy one, but laugh as I read they’re made by the founder and walk out with a huge smile on my face. ‘I’ve just seen the largest collection of penises in the world’ I mutter to myself.

Scotum lights, Penis, Reykavik museum

So which was my favourite Penis?

Inside Iceland's Penis Museum, Reykjavik

I gave my best pose, but I was always going to be upstaged by the penis of a sperm whale!

Would you like to visit the Icelandic Phallological Museum in Reykjavik? Or are there, erm, too many pricks in one room?



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'Warning! This Post Contains Penis… Iceland’s Phallological Museum in Reykjavik' have 18 comments

  1. March 31, 2013 @ 2:16 pm TheTuscan

    Well, the word didn’t catch my attention as “vagina” would have, but still..!
    It is very interesting from a biological point of view. A very original idea too.

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    • April 2, 2013 @ 1:43 pm admin

      Haha it wouldn’t surprise me if someone opened a ‘Vagina Museum’!

      Yes, it is very interesting, although I think the museum could have been a little ‘heavier’ on the information front. That’s my only criticism, because otherwise, it’s a very entertaining museum – and like you said, a very original one too!

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      • August 20, 2014 @ 4:00 am Danny

        Human penis looks much better than the elephant’s dong, so ugly and so long

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  2. April 1, 2013 @ 3:39 am Agness

    For some reason I love this post guess why… hahaha :):) My favourite museum ever! You look stunning x

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    • April 2, 2013 @ 1:54 pm admin

      Haha it’s one of my favourite museum too Agness! It’s difficult not to laugh when you are face to face with the penis of a giraffe!

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  3. April 3, 2013 @ 4:08 pm Tom

    What’s a pretty little lady like you doing in a place that has so many penises? Nevermind – I just answered my own question. You probably made them all stand to attention!

    Actually, just as soon as we can round up the money needed, we will have that big American penis, Elmo, harvested, plastinated, and standing tall in the museum. We hope Elmo The Penis gives people something fun to talk about!

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    • April 4, 2013 @ 11:06 am admin

      Haha I read about ‘Elmo’ inside the museum – he’s eagerly anticipated, and I’m sure will be the finishing touch to an already eclectic display!

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  4. April 3, 2013 @ 8:37 pm Chris Booth

    Cor! You and your penises!

    Another great find though. We can always rely on you. I wish I had known about this before my friend went there t’other week.

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    • April 4, 2013 @ 11:14 am admin

      I know Chris, I really need to stop highlighting all the penises I see from around the world – I’ll soon gather the wrong type of readership! But I think they’re too hilarious to keep to myself!

      My dad reads my blog… I need to remember that.

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  5. April 26, 2013 @ 8:50 am Marina

    Those wrinkly animal penises are so yucky looking! Love the poses thought. I couldn’t have pulled off a straight face standing next to any of that!

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    • May 4, 2013 @ 9:54 pm admin

      Haha I doubt I had a straight face either Marina! Indeed, they were yucky looking, but they are the classic example of something you shouldn’t look at, but can’t help doing!

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  6. December 1, 2013 @ 6:31 pm Jody

    I appreciate your posts on Iceland and the phallalogical museum! I was there back in 2003 and was just trolling around the web because I would love to return (to Iceland). Thank you for your posts of unconventional travel – that is right up my alley. I kept a blog this last spring while I was in Bali for 2 mos. but I find it hard to keep up. I would like to know more about your comment on working & travel as I would like to attempt that road myself :-) Best wishes to you!

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    • December 1, 2013 @ 10:07 pm admin

      Hi Jody! I’m happy that you stumbled across my blog whilst musing over the prospect of going back to Iceland, it really is a place which begs for another visit, isn’t it?? Haha, and make sure you make it to the museum for an ‘educational trip’ and good chuckle! 😉

      It’s great that you’ve got a blog, and I know EXACTLY how it feels trying to maintain it, but not always finding the time (or words) to do so. I think it helps to think of your blog as a documentation of experiences or places which you’ll want to remember in 5, 10 or 20 years time, and then write about those areas, instead of trying to cram everything in. I’m not sure if that’s a helpful suggestion… but I hope it helps getting pen to paper, so to speak.

      Thank you very much for commenting, and I’ll write some future posts about working and travel!

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  7. February 6, 2014 @ 4:16 pm Ryan Turnbull

    If you don’t mind me asking, how tall are you?

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  9. December 10, 2014 @ 4:16 pm maximilian jacobs

    Didnt get a chance to go here but we drove by about 10 times. Was only there for a week! but its amazing there.

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  10. August 11, 2015 @ 10:56 pm Franklin

    I think that penis,as well as female genital,is the most beautiful part of human being. Just like followers are the most beautiful part of
    plants. People plant followers in their gardens, use followers to decorate inside and outside of their houses and buildings. Nobody will
    be ashamed for loving followers, aka plants’ genitals. Both penis and follower are part of the nature world, why people treat them so different. As a matter of fact, I tried to visit the Iceland Penis Museum after visiting the Museum of Whales which is only a few steps from
    the Penis Museum. I did not get success because that day was a closing day of the week. That happened ten years ago. Its still a pity to me.

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