An erotic museum suggested a number of things to us. First, that no pictures would be allowed. Wrong!
"Take all the pictures you want," we were told.
We were very surprised. In fact, I was blown away by this place. It has much that is explicit material and much that is beautiful and sensual. The museum is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization that seeks to bridge the gap between what is commercial, and often misidentified as pornographic, with that which is esthetic, folk, pop and fine art through a common visual language. Except, here the subject is sex. Does that make it not art seems to be the question? The founders of this museum are dedicated to the idea that sexual pleasure and activity are natural aspects of the human experience, available to all, no matter what body they were born into. And thus sexual activity is a natural (and acceptable) subject for art.
The Erotic Heritage Museum was voted the Best Museum by the Las Vegas Review Journal.
It contains the history of old time posters and comic books and their modern counter parts.
You can watch a film of Larry Flynt, publisher of Hustler, interviewed on Larry King Live. Flynt said Jerry Falwell preached against him for 15 years. After Falwell was caught with a prostitute in a motel room with a copy of Hustler Magazine, he couldn't help see Falwell as human. They became friends in later years though they each knew what the other was selling.
Some of the llth and 12th century carvings and artifacts may be too risque for a public newspaper blog but I found the place to be very interesting, though I had a few quavers when I walked through the door. There is much more to this place. Nude Yoga classes for men, couples and women. (Not together, nor in public view.) Plays and educational events related to sexual practices and procreation. Quite an unusual place. I'd give it a strong recommendation for those not squeamish about sex.