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Located on the famous La Rambla boulevard in Barcelona, the Barcelona Erotic Museum is one of the most curious cultural institutions in the city and attracts thousands of visitors each year, both locals and travellers. The museum’s goal is to promote public understanding of humankind’s long sexual history and to open up discussion around a still-taboo subject.
One of the museum’s most impressive features is its collection of historical artefacts (including sculptures, carvings and engravings) depicting sexually explicit scenes from different cultures and ages – from the Ancient Egyptians to the Chinese Qing Dynasty to 18th-century Japan. The collection offers an enlightening glimpse of how societies understood and appreciated sexuality as both a necessary social function and a hedonistic source of pleasure.
The museum also dedicates a large part of its permanent collection to 20th- and 21st-century erotic art and sexual culture, including the pin-up culture of the 1950s, the Playboy culture of the 1970s as well as sadomasochistic and fetishist sexual culture. Unsurprising given Barcelona’s artistic history, there are also sections dedicated to sexuality and eroticism in the work of artists such as Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. There are also reproductions of some of the most famous erotic artworks by the Great Masters of Europe and elsewhere.
The only museum of its kind in Spain, Barcelona’s Erotic Museum offers a refreshing perspective on a subject sometimes considered off limits. By combining the fun, thrilling side of sexuality with a historical and anthropological angle, the museum succeeds in being both highly informative and extremely entertaining.
Museu Eròtic de Barcelona, La Rambla, 96 bis, Barcelona, Spain,+34 933 18 98 65