The Museum of Erotics and Mythology is located inside a charming 18th century building at Sablon. Here you get to discover the fascinating history of erotic art from ancient times to the present.
The museum's private collection is one of the most attractive in Europe. You can marvel at rare paintings, sculptures, Greek and Roman antiquities, ivory, Japanese graphics, and many more curiosities.
Mythology and erotics are closely related: the term "eroticism" originates from "eros", the ancient Greek word for love or desire. In Greek mythology, it is embodied through Eros, son of Hermes and Aphrodite. He is the god who represents desire, which creates and reunites the worlds.
The museum wants to show the existence of erotism, as humankind has discovered sexual pleasure.
Founded in March 2012 by Dr. Guy Martens, the museum is a result of his lifelong passion for erotic art. As son and grandson of a doctor, he decided to study medicine, along with his studies of history of art and antiquity.
At the age of 17, he started his collection by acquiring little pieces of ivory, called "netsuke". Later he compiled many items of all kinds from various times.
After having acquired more than 800 pieces of art, he got the idea to make his private collection available to the public.
How to get there
The Museum of Erotics and Mythology is located at the centre of Brussels.
From Grand-Place, a 10 minute walk will take you to the museum. Follow Rue des Chapelier, then turn left into Rue de la Violette. At the statue of St. Jean, you turn left into Rue de l'Hopital, and then follow Rue de Ruysbroeck straight ahead. Turn right into Rue Sainte-Anne. This is where you will find the museum.