The Museum of Sex (MoSex) is fairly new to the New York museum scene. Established in 2002, the museum was created to chronicle the history, evolution, and societal impact of human sexuality. As can be expected, admission is strictly limited to ages 18+.
Also to be expected is the variety of bizarre exhibitions that are on display. For example, while general admission is $18.50 ($16.50 for students, seniors, and military) there is an additional $3.00 charge to gain entry into the Jump for Joy: Bouncy Castle of Breasts exhibit.
According to the Museum of Sex website, “Jump for Joy is designed to increase awareness of the body and to create the thrilling possibility of physical contact between strangers.” Yuck. Personally, I don’t find the idea of strangers touching my body to be “thrilling.” But, to each’s own…
Other strange exhibits include The Sex Lives of Animals. It’s pretty self-explanatory, with 3D sculptures of animals humping each other. One sculpture depicts a deer threesome; a doe takes it from behind by a stag, the stag takes it from behind by another stag.
Then there’s Splendor in the Grass: Kinesthetic Camping Ground. This exhibit is designed to arouse visitors by creating a sort of “sexy campground atmosphere” that’s complete with forestry, a campfire, live rangers, and a moving sky. There are five interactive camping tents that “connect the visitor to phases of sexual stimulation and the thrill of arousal in an encounter that is both whimsical and titillating.” It’s unclear exactly what goes on in these tents…
And last but not least, there’s Hardcore: A Century & a Half of Obscene Imagery. Of all the exhibits mentioned so far, this one is the most intellectually stimulating. Still, the only thing it arouses is curiosity. The exhibit is a series of pornographic photographs taken from the mid to late 19th century. The photographs prove that hardcore erotica is not an invention of the 21st century, but rather, has been around for quite some time. The photos depict everything from group sex to homosexual acts to sex toy use.
All in all, the Museum of Sex is at best interesting and at worst completely tasteless. However, let it be known that in no way, shape, or form does it qualify as an art museum.