The Icelandic Phallological Museum
Laugavegur 116, 101 Reykjavik
The Icelandic Phallological Museum is probably the only museum in the world to contain a collection of phallic specimens belonging to all the various types of mammal found in a single country.
The Icelandic Phallological Museum contains a collection of two hundred and nine penises and penile parts belonging to almost all the land and sea mammals that can be found in Iceland. Visitors to the museum will encounter fifty five specimens belonging to sixteen different kinds of whale, one specimen taken from a rogue polar bear, thirty-six specimens belonging to seven different kinds of seal and walrus, and one hundred and fifteen specimens originating from twenty different kinds of land mammal: all in all, a total of two hundred and nine specimens belonging to forty six different kinds of mammal. It should be noted that the museum has also been fortunate enough to receive legally-certified gift tokens for four specimens belonging to Homo Sapiens. Besides there are some twenty-three folklore specimens and forty foreign ones. Altogether the collection contains 272 specimens from 92 different species of animals.
The curator, Sigurdur Hjartarson, is a historian with a BA degree from the University of Iceland and a M.Litt. in Latin American History from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He worked as a principal and teacher for 37 years, the last 26 years as a teacher of History and Spanish at the Hamrahlíd College in Reykjavík. He retired in 2004 and moved to Húsavík. He has written and translated some 20 books, chiefly on Latin American History, including textbooks in History and Spanish.
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