The small island nation of Iceland is known for its frigid temperatures and volcanoes, but may now be known for something much stranger: the Phallogical Museum, which now has a human penis on display.
Sigurdur Hjartarson runs the museum, located in Husavik, and told the Associated Press that while many had pledged their penises to the museum, he’d been waiting 15 years for a human penis to adorn the wall.
The human penis comes from Pall Arason, the late friend of the curator. Arason, who willed the member to the museum, passed away last year at the age of 95.
Hjartarson’s interest in phallogy began in 1974 while working as a headmaster at a school. He was given a whip made from a bull’s penis to herd cattle. Then, friends and colleagues brought him whale penises as gifts.
“Some of my teachers used to work in summer in a nearby whaling station and after the first specimen they started bringing me whale penises, supposedly to tease me,” he said on the museum‘s Web site. “Then the idea came up gradually that it might be interesting collecting specimens from more mammalian species.”
The museum’s collection includes 272 penises belonging to a variety of animals, and has been open since 1997. The summer of 2009 saw the largest number of visitors to the museum, with a total of 11,000.