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Photograph: Mark Peterson

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Museum of Sex (MoSex)

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Situated in the former Tenderloin district, which bumped-and-grinded with dance halls and brothels in the 1800s, MoSex explores the subject within a cultural context—but that doesn’t mean some content won’t shock the more buttoned-up visitor. On the ground floor, “Action!,” which screens around 220 clips from more than 150 years of sex on film, includes explicit scenes from such (literally) seminal porn flicks as Deep Throat. Upstairs, highlights of the permanent collection range from the tastefully erotic to the outlandish. Cop a feel of one of the silicone Real Doll torsos. An 1890s anti-onanism device could be confused with the S&M gear, which includes a nine-foot steel-framed love pen donated by a local dominatrix. Also of note are the Depression-era Tijuana Bibles—raunchy comic strips showing well-known characters like Donald Duck as you’ve never seen them before—and sex machines created by keen DIYers, such as the “Monkey Rocker,” constructed from a dildo and excercise equipment (it inspired the device in the Coen brothers’ Burn After Reading). The spacious gift shop is stocked with books and arty sex toys, and aphrodisiac elixers are served in a new café.

Venue name: Museum of Sex (MoSex)
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Address: 233 Fifth Ave
New York

Cross street: at 27th St
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 10am–8pm; Fri, Sat 10am–9pm
Transport: Subway: N, R, 6 to 28th St
Price: $17.50, seniors and students $15.25, children under 18 not admitted

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David Milkes

Went in August 2012. It probably wasn't their fault, but half of the space had no A/C. More importantly, they need quality control. There were multiple misspellings in the displays, and Jennifer Beals was identified in a movie clip as Jessica Beals. How old are these people writing the text? The feel of the museum was neither professional nor fun and whimsy as you would expect. However, the exhibit on same-sex and other animal behavior was informative.