So you happen to be in Iceland, in Reykjavik. And you see that there’s a museum ahead – it’s the Icelandic Phallological Museum. Do you go in?

Actually, I suspect that the real question here is who thought about having a willy collection in the first place. And who agreed that a collection of preserved male members might be a jolly good plan?

It was started by a retired teacher (a male teacher, that is) and Wikipedia says that the following is the origin:

 … the museum grew out of an interest in penises that began during Sigurður’s childhood when he was given a cattle whip made from a bull’s penis …

To be honest, I’m not really sure why a child would be given a cattle whip made from a bull’s penis or indeed, why this should have engendered in that child a lifelong interest in willies – so severe that it led to the founding of a museum.

But still…

The museum does exist. In fact, good old Wikipedia describes it as the largest collection of penises in the world. I’m still astonished that there’s even one in existence, let alone others.

The collection consists of penises (peni?) from a variety of mammals such as whales, polar bears, elephants and so forth. It recently received its first human member, one of four that have been pledged to the museum in the same way that you or I might leave our vital organs to medical science.

Well, it turns out that some bloke left his penis to the museum but it wasn’t correctly preserved so isn’t a magnificent example by any means. The museum says that they are looking for ‘a younger and a bigger and better one’.

What about the founder? He’s not sure whether he will donate his own penis when he dies. If he’s a widower by that time, he says, then he will donate but if his wife is still alive … well, she might not approve.


Icelandic Phallological Museum

Laugavegur 116,
Austurbær Reykjavík,



JJ is originally from the UK and has lived in South Florida since 1994. She is the founder and editor of JAQUO Magazine. You can connect with her using the social media icons below.
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