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Museum of Sex

233 Fifth Ave.

The most stimulating museum in New York! This unconventional institution presents the history, evolution, and cultural significance of human sexuality.

Museum of Sex Current Exhibitions

Radical Perverts: Ecstasy & Activism in Queer Public Space, 1975-2000

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Through April 2024. As the sexual vibrancy of 1970’s gay liberation took hold, LGBTQ folks found freedom in the relatively private spaces of BDSM bars, bathhouses, porn theaters, parks and tearooms. Anonymous encounters, consensual play, clear social code, and time to stay, created an ease of communication and community-building, away from the heterosexual gaze.

Porno Chic to Sex Positivity: Erotic Content & The Mainstream, 1960-Today

Ongoing. Porno Chic to Sex Positivity: Erotic Content & the Mainstream, 1960 till Today chronologically traces pornography’s permeation of mainstream culture over the last forty years through a presentation of media.  Composed of four thematic sections: A Pornographic Avante-Garde, Sexualized Marketing, Scandalous Scenes of Cinema, and Music: an Erotic Form, the exhibition will present a curated selection of over 60 videos. In addition to the commercial, cinematic and music video compilations and full screening of a selection of fine art and experimental films, the exhibition will feature vintage movie posters, historical ephemera and a timeline looking at censorship in media over the last six decades.

Artifact (XXX) Selections from Secret Locations

Ongoing. Gathered from the Museum of Sex’s permanent collection of more than 15,000 objects as well as from other notable collections and institutes of antiques, medical history, and sexology, Artifact (xxx): Selections from Secret Collections presents an intimate exploration of how sex manifests across culture through art, science, and design.

Superfunland: Journey Into the Erotic Carnival

Ends March 4th, 2024. Super Funland: Journey into the Erotic Carnival examines the sexual history of the carnival, inviting visitors to explore its bacchanalian origins in ancient Greece and Rome and its evolution in pre-industrial Europe and the “midway” of the great World’s Fairs of the 20th century. An historical exploration of carnival’s roots is accompanied by an interactive exhibition of thirteen erotically-charged games and amusements that allows visitors to lose themselves in the carnality, decadence, and joy of a reimagined carnival.

Hours: Mon-Thurs, 1pm-10pm; Friday, 1pm-midnight; Saturday, noon-midnight; Sunday, noon-10pm. Admission: Basic ticket starting at $36.

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