The Icelandic Phallological Museum in Reykjavík, Iceland

Okay, so I’m sitting here in a coffee shop trying to decide if this is an appropriate thing to blog about. At first I was like, yeah, why not? It’s a public museum. It’s educational. Whatever. But then a guy came up to me and asked what the wifi network name was here and I didn’t know what to do because I had all these penises up on my screen and I panicked because I know he saw them and it made me feel weird and now I’m wondering if maybe this isn’t an appropriate thing to blog about after all.

So here’s what I’ll do. I’m going to blog about it anyway, but I’m going to warn you now that this post is #NSFW. There’s your warning.

That being said, if you would rather not see images of genitalia, do not keep reading. LEAVE NOW! But, if you are in fact interested to read about and/or see images of genitalia and hear about my visit to The Icelandic Phallological Museum in Reykjavík, Iceland, then I definitely encourage you to keep reading. :)

So when I heard there was a penis museum in Iceland, I knew we would definitely be checking it out at some point during our trip. Things like that are too weird to pass up… Right? Right.

We awkwardly made our way into the museum one evening, paid the guy our entrance fee, and then tried to keep straight faces as he handed us brochures explaining the different pieces we’d be seeing throughout the museum.

I think the funniest part of the whole thing was seeing other people walking around holding brochures like we were, trying so hard to act like they were there for educational purposes. They’d walk around slowly with their hands interlaced behind their backs, bending down to read placards the way they would at any other museum, but I just didn’t buy it. We all know you aren’t here for educational purposes… You aren’t fooling anyone!

But, to be fair, it was pretty interesting and I did learn a thing or two… I guess. I found that Iceland as a whole sort of had a dirty sense of humor. In most of the gift shops, you could buy things like dirty joke books, horse poop candy, shirts like this, or these funny condoms. I wouldn’t say stopping at this museum was the highlight of our trip, but if you’re planning on going to Iceland anytime soon, I definitely recommend visiting! (Oh, and it’s cash only, just FYI!)

By amandaaude@gmail.com

"That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet." - Emily Dickinson

24 Comments

  1. Reply

    craig aude

    I knew you were a scientist at heart.

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    Jennifer

    This may sound weird, but I’m SO GLAD to see you post this! My husband and I visited Iceland a few months ago and stopped by the museum ourselves. I haven’t shared too many of the photos with friends since it’s an, um, unusual experience but I will now that I’ve seen your post. :) You’ve inspired me to just go for it. That’s what traveling/adventuring is about, eh? It was such a treat to watch other people examine the displays…especially the one you had to lift up the black cloth to see? Hehehe…

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      amandaaude@gmail.com

      Ha! Love it. You should totally share your photos!

  3. Reply

    annie lee

    it took me a while to figure what those were… OH MY!!

    1. Reply

      amandaaude@gmail.com

      Haha, yes! So bizarre!

  4. Reply

    Kay R.

    Clicking over to your blog today sure was a good decisions hahahaha. This entire post is hilarious. Too cute that you got nervous to share it. I would totally go to this museum if only to say I went. lol

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      amandaaude@gmail.com

      Haha you must go! Totally weird but hilarious, too. Only in Iceland…

  5. Reply

    Biana @Blovedboston

    Well that is certainly an interesting exhibit and makes for quite the story/blog post haha! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  6. Reply

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  7. Reply

    Sarah Tyau

    Penis museum is my kind of thing! hahaha this is too hilarious!~ I’d totally go there….for educational purposes of course. ;)

    Also, I’m Korean and in Korean the word pepper and penis are the same. That last picture explains it all! Thanks for opening up my eyes!

    Our Life is Beautiful

    1. Reply

      amandaaude@gmail.com

      Hahaha that’s awesome – I had no idea! I’ll never be able to look at a pepper the same again…

  8. Reply

    Nadine

    Hahahaha I love that you went to the penis museum. Obviously a must if there is one where you are visiting! Now I would love to know what kind of traffic you are going to get to your blog after this post….Happy Friday!

    1. Reply

      Amanda

      Haha I guess I have gotten some interesting traffic!

  9. Reply

    Rose

    Hi,exelent blog,look at mine,thanks

  10. Reply

    Melanie

    Haha what an interesting and odd museum!!!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

    1. Reply

      Amanda

      Strange indeed!

  11. Reply

    Shea

    Oh my goodness, what a hilarious museum! I didn’t even know it existed. Typically my husband would be bored to tears at a museum but I think this one would be a bit different… pretty entertaining!

    1. Reply

      Amanda

      Haha we really enjoyed it. Too funny to pass up!

  12. Reply

    Ashley

    Haha, this is such a cool experience- cheeky, but I love it!

    Great post, lady!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  13. Reply

    Annie

    ohmigosh the hairy one!! so cheeky.

    1. Reply

      Amanda

      Oh man, so much hair… So gross. Hahah

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