Venustempel Amsterdam is the oldest sex museum in the world. It is located at Damrak in Amsterdam, a historic 17th century building. At this museum, eroticism and sensuality are observed from different perspectives and within a historic context. Approximately 500,000 people visit Venustempel every year, making it one of the most visited museums of Amsterdam.
The exhibition contains mainly erotic illustrations, paintings, recordings, and photographs from different eras. Extending over two buildings that are joined through a sophisticated staircase construction, Venustempel offers visitors an exciting maze of rooms and corridors.
As the first sex museum in the world, Venustempel opened in 1985. At first the exhibition was limited to erotic objects from the 19th century. With quickly rising popularity, the exhibition was soon extended.
Until then there had been museums of all sorts of genres - except for sex. While it regards basically anyone, it remains a controversial topic. Venustempel was the first exhibition to deal with historic and artistic aspects of sexuality.
Subsequently, similar museums were created in other European cities, such as Berlin, Copenhagen, or Paris. However, none of them is as successful as Amsterdam's original.
- The day pass at The Venustempel Amsterdam is €4 making it the cheapest tourist attraction in the Netherlands.
How to get there
Venustempel is located at Damrak, amidst Amsterdam's city centre, inside of a historic 17th century building. From Centraal Station, simply walk across Prins Henrikkade, and you will reach the museum within five to ten minutes.