The Museum

The museum

The Icelandic Phallological Museum is 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. 

Phallology is an ancient science which, until recent years, has received very little attention in Iceland, except as a borderline field of study in other academic disciplines such as history, art, psychology, literature and other artistic fields like music and ballet. 

Now, thanks to The Icelandic Phallological Museum, it is finally possible for individuals to undertake serious study into the field of phallology in an organized, scientific fashion. 

The Icelandic Phallological Museum contains a collection of more than two hundred penises and penile parts belonging to almost all the land and sea mammals that can be found in Iceland. Visitors to the museum will encounter fifty five specimens belonging to sixteen different kinds of whale, one specimen taken from a rogue polar bear, thirty-six specimens belonging to seven different kinds of seal and walrus, and more than one hundred fifteen specimens originating from twenty different kinds of land mammal: all in all, a total of more than two hundred specimens belonging to forty six different kinds of mammal, including that of Homo sapiens. 

Besides there are some twenty-three folklore specimens and over forty foreign ones. Altogether the collection contains 282 specimens from 93 different species of animals. 

In addition to the biological section of the museum, visitors can view a collection of about 350 artistic oddments and practical utensils related to the museum ́s chosen theme. 

 

History of the museum in the founders own words 

The foundation was laid in 1974 when I got a pizzle or a bull‘s penis. As a child I was sent into the countryside during summer vacations and there I was given a pizzle as a whip for the animals. At that time in 1974 I was living in the town of Akranes on the south-west coast, working as the headmaster in a secondary school. Some of my teachers used to work in summer in a nearby whaling station and after the first specimen they started bringing me whale penises, supposedly to tease me. Then the idea came up gradually that it might be interesting collecting specimens from more mammalian species. 

Collecting these organs progressed slowly in the beginning and in 1980 I had 13 specimens, four from whales and nine from land mammals. In 1990 there were 34 specimens and when the museum opened in Reykjavík in August 1997 the specimens were 62 in number. 

In the spring of 2004 the museum moved to the small fishing village of Húsavík, the whale watching capital of Europe. It was moved back to Reykjavik in the autumn of 2011 and opened there under the direction of a new curator. 

The reaction of the visitors has been very favourable. Over one hundred articles about the museum have been published in 26 countries all over the world. The number of visitors has been gradually increasing, being 12.000 in 2011.

 

The founder 

The founder, Sigurður Hjartarson (born 1941), is a historian with a BA degree from the University of Iceland and a M.Litt. degree in Latin American History from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He worked as a principal and teacher for 37 years, the last 26 years as a teacher of History and Spanish at the Hamrahlíð College in Reykjavík. He retired in 2004 and moved to Húsavík. He has written and translated some 20 books, chiefly on Latin American History, including textbooks in History and Spanish.

 

The curator 

The curator, Hjörtur Gísli Sigurðsson the founder’s son (born 1964), quit his job as a logistic manager to take over as a curator in late 2011, and moved the museum from Húsavík to Reykjavík. He has brought the display of the museum’s specimens to a new level and modernized the whole concept at a great downtown Reykjavík location.

Hjörtur is an experienced man. He grew up in different countries and has travelled all over the world. He is a child of Nature, a hunter/fisher and a self-taught master chef. As a second generation phallologist he is expected to set the standard for phallology worldwide. 

Admission 1500 Iskr. Pensioners and disabled 1000 Iskr. Children under 13 Years in company of parents free.

 

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