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Leather Archives and Museum

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Photograph: Marina MakropoulosLeather Archives & Museum

Time Out says

Housed in a former synagogue and theater and set on a quiet residential street, this museum is the only one in the world devoted to BDSM, leather, fetish and kink. Paintings of men with bulging biceps and perfect “packages” adorn the walls of the museum's auditorium. Downstairs, visitors can explore over 10,000 square feet of exhibit space featuring artifacts, motorcycle club patches from around the world, leather whips, a 19th-century chastity belt for men and common kitchen tools used for sex play. Collections include materials representing the entire sexual spectrum—gay, straight, bi, trans, lesbian, non-binary—and include many fetishes such as rubber and pup play. There's also non-lending library to explore, containing a vast pulp fiction collection, comic books/graphic novels, art books, periodicals and more hard-to-find reading materials.


6418 N Greenview Ave
Cross street:
at Devon Ave
El stop: Red to Loyola. Bus: 22, 36, 151, 155.
$10, students, seniors and military $5, free admission on Thursdays
Opening hours:
Wed 11 am-5 pm; Thu, Fri 11am–7pm; Sat, Sun 11am–5pm
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