The Museum of Sex collects and preserves art and artifacts that support its mission to present the history, evolution and cultural significance of human sexuality.
The museum’s library primarily supports the work of its researchers and curators by maintaining a collection of books ranging from historically significant works to recently published art, fiction and Sexology texts.
Sex and sexuality have been subjects of exploration since the development of moving picture and film technology in the mid-1800s. Sexual imagery in films, from mainstream studio releases to illicit “stags” and modern pornography, reflect and shape sexual attitudes and behaviors of their time. The museum maintains an extensive collection of media including 8mm, Super 8mm, 16mm, BETA, VHS, and DVDs.
The Permanent Collection consists of over 15,000 objects, including works of art, photography, clothing and costumes, technological inventions and historical ephemera. The museum continues to acquire artifacts related to upcoming exhibitions, or that complement its existing collections of Japanese Shunga prints, vintage condoms, vibrators and men’s magazines.