Erotic Heritage Museum

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The Erotic Heritage Museum (EHM) is a 24,000 square feet (2,200 m2) area with 17,000 square feet (1,600 m2) dedicated to displays on the history of erotica and is located at 3275 Industrial Road in Paradise, Nevada.[1][2] The grand patron of the Museum is Harry Mohney, founder of Déjà Vu. [3] The museum opened on August 2, 2008.[3] The museum ceased operations February 19, 2014. However, it reopened on June 7, 2014 as Harry Mohney's Erotica Museum.[4]

The museum is under the direction of the curator Dr. McIlvenna and the resident curator Dorian Gomez. Dr. Ted McIlvenna, of the Exodus Trust, houses portions of his archives in the museum. The Exodus Trust archives consists of 40 years worth of collecting and preserving all genres of the erotic imagination. The Exodus Trust also owns and manages the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco, California, which offers degrees related to human sexuality and sexual health. The Erotic Heritage Museum also has erotic photography, film and artifacts from around the world, and features the erotic work of international and local artists. The museum holds workshops, lectures, film clubs, and live performances of erotic poetry, dance, and music.

The museum seeks to bridge the gap between that which is commercial and often misidentified as pornographic, with that which is aesthetic, often identified as folk, pop, and fine art. In keeping with the legacy of the American sexual revolution, the museum is dedicated to the belief that sexual pleasure and fun are natural aspects of the human experience, that such pleasure should be made available to all, and that our individual sexuality belongs to each of us.

The Erotic Heritage Museum features the following displays on the first floor:

Instruments from different cultures
Cardboard life-size cutouts of famous adult film stars
Erotically themed photographs, sketches, paintings
Wall of Shame: articles about political, religious or celebrity personalities connected to scandals
The Larry Flynt Exhibit
The Chicken Ranch Exhibit
The Auto-Erotic Chair
The Star Wars Exhibit
The Bettie Page Exhibit
Antique erotic post-cards
Transgender materials
Historic artifacts
Porcelain figurines
Porn star replicas
Celebrity Scandals Exhibit

The second floor is mainly devoted to erotic art, some of it available for sale. The presented pieces range from classic to abstract and include paintings, sketches, watercolors, porcelain figurines, sculptures, and carved wood objects. [5]


  1. ^ Keene, Jarret (2008-08-04). "Erotic Heritage Museum". Las Vegas City Life. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  2. ^ "Welcome". Erotic Heritage Museum. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  3. ^ a b Elfman, Doug (2008-08-04). "Erotic Heritage Museum opens with wild party". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  4. ^ Wesley Juhl (June 7, 2014). "After melodramatic closing, erotic museum set to reopen Saturday". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved June 9, 2014. 
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