A Penis Museum in Iceland? No Thanks

As I was driving west on Laugavegur in Reykjavik, I noticed a sign for The Icelandic Phallological Museum on the left. Wait a minute, I thought to myself. Is this actually a museum displaying…penises?!?

A Penis Museum in Iceland? No Thanks

The Icelandic Phallological Museum

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

I parked the car and walked up to the building; and sure enough, that is exactly what it is: Hjörtur Gísli Sigurðsson — who is the current curator of The Icelandic Phallological Museum, which opened in August of 1997 — is the son of its founder. The museum prides itself on being “probably the only museum in the world to contain a collection of phallic specimens belonging to all the various types of mammal found in a single country” with a collection of greater than 200 “penises and penile parts belonging to almost all the land and sea mammals that can be found in Iceland” — including Homo sapiens and 45 other different kinds of mammals.

Visitors can not only view a collection of approximately “350 artistic oddments and practical utensils” which are related to the theme of the museum; but exhibits include:

  • 55 specimens belonging to 16 different kinds of whales
  • One specimen taken from a “rogue” polar bear
  • 36 specimens belonging to seven different kinds of seals and walruses
  • Greater than 115 specimens originating from 20 different kinds of land mammals


I have no interest in the ancient science of phallology — which is the study of penises — and I have no doubt that phallology has an important place in biology and other academic disciplines; but I would not enter the museum if admission was free of charge…

…which it is not: adults must pay 1,500 Icelandic krona to enter the museum; while people who are considered disabled enjoy a reduced admission of 1,000 Icelandic krona. Children younger than 13 years of age do not have to pay to enter; but they must be with their parents or guardians.

At the time this article was written, 1,500 Icelandic krona converts to approximately United States $14.20 — but if you want to visit the museum for yourself, here is the information:

The Icelandic Phallological Museum
Laugavegur 116
105 Reykjavik
Telephone: 561 6663

The museum is open every day from 9:00 in the morning until 6:00 in the evening during the months of June, July and August; and from 10:00 in the morning until 6:00 in the evening throughout the remainder of the year…

…and yes, you can purchase souvenirs and other items at the gift shop inside of the museum building.

All photographs ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

11 thoughts on “A Penis Museum in Iceland? No Thanks”

  1. Brent Bendick says:

    Why the self absobed pic of your massive forehead? I’m fat bald and ugly…I would never….sorry dude…you need a new approach

    1. Christian says:

      Ummm, that’s the same picture that’s been there for years, so you must be new here. As to the insults, they don’t make you look any less of a troll. If you have something of value to say, rather than just tossing out childish insults, state your considered point. I’d imagine you have some worthwhile points to make. Prove it.

    2. Bill says:

      You’re a real troll and should be ashamed of yourself.

  2. JB says:

    True Pulitzer material here Brian.


    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Sadly, you are correct, JB.

      I should have conducted some more in-depth reporting on this topic…

  3. Mike says:

    South Korea also has a park dedicated to penis called Haesindang park. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haesindang_Park

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I had no idea about Haesindang park, Mike.

      Thank you for posting a link to it.

  4. DavidB says:

    Certainly not an attraction I’d normally consider adding to my itinerary…though this past weekend I discovered that the newest “treat” for dogs to chew on happens to be a bull’s penis! At least that’s what an acquaintance claimed her dog was chewing on — a rather thin, stick-like object — throughout their visit this past weekend!

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Hmm…I never heard of that particular dog treat, DavidB; but it does make sense to me.

  5. Rachel Finckers says:

    For someone who has allegedly no interest in phallises, you sure have spent a lot of time researching it… time to come out of the closet?

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I did not just spend a lot of time researching it, Rachel Finckers.

      I also begged the founder to start the museum; I built the museum all by myself; hunted for all of the artifacts to stock the museum; and convinced the son to maintain the museum — all so that I can write this article.

      Whew. I got tired of the hangers in this closet constantly hitting my head. Thank you for the advice.

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