Erotic Heritage Museum
|Location||3275 Sammy Davis Jr. Drive|
Las Vegas, Nevada, 89109
|Director||Victoria Hartmann, Ph.D.|
The Erotic Heritage Museum (EHM) is a 24,000-square-foot (2,200 m2) space with 17,000 square feet (1,600 m2) dedicated to the history of erotica. The grand patron of the museum is Harry Mohney, founder of Déjà Vu. An educational, performance and exhibit space, The Erotic Heritage Museum also houses a lobby selling various retail items and hosts readings, symposiums and 'meet and greets' of notables in the world of sexual education and art.
The museum opened on August 2, 2008, ceased operations for a brief restructuring on February 19, 2014, and reopened on June 7, 2014, as Harry Mohney's Erotica Museum. The museum is managed by Harry Mohney Erotic Museum LLC, a Nevada corporation.
The Harry Mohney Erotic Museum's sole purpose is to perform educational, scientific and literary functions relating to sexual, emotional, mental and physical health. Historical and contemporary erotic materials donated to the Harry Mohney Erotic Museum may be sold by the artist or collection holder, or made available on loan from individual artists for viewing in accordance with federal law.
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 EHM 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:
- The Garden of Earthly Delights
- Academic reviews of Human Sexuality Studies
- Erotically themed photographs, sketches, paintings
- Wall of Shame: Articles about Political, Religious or Celebrity Personalities Connected to Scandals
- Jay Losofsky Sculptures
- The Jewel Bow Theater
- The Paris Theater
- Sex Work in Nevada Exhibit featuring Chicken Ranch artifacts
- The Auto-Erotic Chair
- The Star Wars Exhibit
- Sex in Space Immersive Exhibit
- The Evolution of Human Sexuality Exhibit
- The Mel Gordon Voluptuous Panic Exhibit
- Sex and the Media Video Room Exhibit
- The Sex in the Third Reich Exhibit
- The Teacher Scandals Exhibit
- The History of the Peep Show Exhibit
- The LGBTIQ Gallery
- The Fithian Collection
- Historic artifacts
- Porcelain figurines
- Erotic Sculptures
- Artist of the Month Gallery
- Rotating Exhibits
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.
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