The History Of Barcelona's Erotic Museum In 1 Minute

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16 December 2016

Located on the iconic street known as La Rambla opposite the world-famous La Boqueria market, Barcelona’s Erotic Museum is one the city’s most popular attractions, drawing in thousands of visitors each year. One of a kind in Spain, the museum has a collection of over 800 objects retracing the history of sexuality throughout the times.

The museum aims to explore the subject of human sexuality and eroticism in an educational and recreational manner, presenting how our relation to sexuality has evolved throughout history and in different civilisations. In many cultures sexuality remained a taboo subject and one which was mostly addressed purely in scientific contexts.

However, regardless of our willingness or not to discuss the subject, sexuality is an intrinsic part of human life and one which has been explored (and enjoyed) in a variety of ways. The museum is divided into various areas and spaces on the same floor, and its collection includes over 800 objects, including paintings, sculptures and photos. The museum’s aim is to tell the story of sexuality chronologically from as far back as the time of the Ancient Greeks and Romans, through to the Ancient Japanese erotic art known as shunga and modern day sexual culture.

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The museum is divided into specific areas such as ‘Pin Up Culture’, exploring the iconic pin-up imagery of 1960s USA, ‘Kama Sutra’, dedicated to the famous Hindu manuscript, and ‘Fetishism and Sadomasochism’, dedicated to what is perhaps still today one of the most taboo and poorly understood areas of human sexual culture. Possibly one of the most entertaining areas of the museum is that which is dedicated to ‘Sexual World Records’, containing some eye-raising facts about the human body. There is also an area dedicated to the study of sexuality in art, including through the works of great masters such as Picasso, Klimt, Rubens or Goya.

📅 Every day of the year 10am-midnight
Except 24/12: 10am-5pm 25/12: closed 01/01: 12pm-midnight

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