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$9 for One Adult Admission to the Museum of Sex ($18 Value)

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In a Nutshell

  • Explore history, evolution & cultural significance of sexuality
  • Permanent, rotating exhibits
  • OralFix Aphrodisiac Café
  • One heck of a gift shop

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Expires Jan 12th, 2011. Must be 18 or older. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

In the botanical world, reproduction centers mainly on the dispersal of pollen via insects and sneezing. Explore less allergy-inducing alternatives with today's Groupon: for $9, you get one adult admission to the Museum of Sex on 5th Avenue (an $18 value). You must be 18 years or older to be admitted to the museum.

The Museum of Sex is devoted to the cross-cultural and historical study of human sexuality. The permanent collection houses more than 15,000 artifacts and chronicles the expression of our pheromones in art, photography, clothing and costumes, ultra-modern technology, and historical ephemera. Instead of ignoring, repressing, burning, or flagellating these items, the museum celebrates and studies them in an open-minded, intellectual, and titter-free environment. Current exhibits include Action: Sex and the Moving Image, which traces the way sexual imagery has impacted everything from film to advertising, and Rubbers: The Life, History, & Struggle of the Condom, which explores the history of the small but mighty prophylactic and its clumsily unfurled place in modern culture.

While stopping through, be sure to visit the museum's Mosex Store and peruse the purchasable plethora of titillating art, books, toys, and oddities—or indulge in the sensual aphrodisiacs available at the OralFix Aphrodisiac Café. A lusty Almond Mocha Love Bar ($3) goes particularly well with a potent Lucky Devil potion (cinnamon and cardamom with a honey gold crystal rim and an extra shot of saffron; $4.50). After an enlightening visit to the Museum of Sex, you’ll put aside staid notions of baby-delivering storks, as well as the puritanical idea that the human body should only be used to harvest grain and act as catapult ballast.

Reviews

The Museum of Sex gets a four-star average from Citysearchers, a 3.5-star average from Yelpers, and an average of 3.5 owl eyes from TripAdvisors:

  • We loved this museum since the minute we walked in. Every time we go to NYC we always go to the MOS (Museum of Sex)... This has different sections every year, there are so many things to look for and learn... BUT you must only go if you are NOT a shy person – Veronica-n-Luis, TripAdvisor
  • this is a subject that most humans are interested in, and we are not encouraged to ask questions about. I think this museum is important, and fun! – The_Flying_Chef, TripAdvisor

Museum of Sex

In the 19th century, the Tenderloin district of New York City lured visitors with bordellos, dance halls, and saloons. These days, the area houses the Museum of Sex, which explores the historical and cultural significance of the types of human sexuality considered taboo in the Tenderloin era. The more than 15,000 sexual artifacts in the museum's permanent collection include vintage vibrators, period photography, and copies of Playboy's predecessor, Philandering Archduke. Rotating exhibitions also delve into current sexual scholarship; past exhibits have explored the history of condoms, sexuality in 1930s comics, and Japanese erotic art.

After exploring the museum's galleries, visitors can reenergize with a bite or a drink from the museum's in-house bar, which blends traditional aphrodisiacs into cocktails. Suggestively named naughty sex kits are also available in the museum's store, alongside artwork and contraceptives.


Tips

  • “It was awesome!”

  • “Fun place to visit/read through the different interesting facts. We spend about 30 min, not sure what you can do there longer than that! ”

  • “Haven't used my groupon yet”

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    Midtown South Central

    233 5th Ave.

    New York, New York 10016

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