Museum of Sex and Sexual Cultures of the World, Kharkiv


Coordinates: 50.0107763, 36.2426627
Type of place: Museums, Unique places
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In fact, it is called the “Scientific and Educational Museum of Sexual Cultures,” and this name conveys much more correctly the essence of what is happening. If you are interested in looking at toys, fur handcuffs and a dried buffalo penis - you will not find it here. This place is for interestingly submitted and exhibited information about everything related to sex, starting from several thousand years BC and around the globe. Or to find out why are there tentacles in the hentai.
 
A bit of history
 
The museum was opened in 1999 (in 2019 it will be already 20 years, we can say it’s a place with a history), most of the exhibits are the personal collection of Professor Valentin Valentinovich Krishtal. Members of the Department of Sexology at the Kharkov Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education were directly involved in creating of the museum. Part of the exhibits, including a beautiful sculpture of a girl (if you were there, you will understand which one ;) were donated later.
 
Exhibition
 
The museum is located on two levels - the basement and the first floor, and consists of ten rooms. It all looks like two apartments that are organized in a more or less unified space. Part of the exhibition hangs in the corridors between the rooms, and they are also considered as exhibition halls.

The countries to which the main part of the exhibits is devoted are Greece, Rome, India, Japan, China, countries of Europe, America and Africa. Ukraine has its own corner in one of the rooms, and what is especially pleasant is that the guide switches to the Ukrainian language telling about Ukraine. A separate room was made especially for sex education of teenagers. It tells about the anatomy and physiology of the genitals, sex, types of contraception. By the way, the rest of the halls can be visited only at the age 18+.
 
There are also separate exhibitions telling about sexual perversions and about sex in animal world. Classes are held for teenagers, couples who plan a marriage or already married.
 
Guide
 
She is such a nice woman, that I definitely want to make a separate section about her. If you're going to visit the museum - be sure to take a tour! The difference in price is 10 hryvnias, and for them, instead of a vague jumble of pictures and clippings, you will receive an exciting tour of times and places. Its duration is about an hour, and the time there really flies by. This is the first time in my life when it is really better with a guide than without.

The text of the tour is very intelligent, apparently suffered through decades of work with students and schoolchildren, with a lot of interesting details. Really immersed in the atmosphere of the times noted in a speech.

The guide willingly goes to the dialogue, answers questions, gives time to see the stands and make photos.
 
How to get there!?
 
By car: In Kharkiv, drive the Sumska street to the north (or if you are coming from the north of Kharkiv - to the south) to the intersection with the Mayakovsky street, there turn right (or left respectively). You can park near the house number 5. There are several places inside the courtyard - but they are not consistent.
 
By public transport: by the subway to the station University (Derzhprom), farther along the Sumska street to the north north to the intersection with the Mayakovsky street, near the house number 5, go into the courtyard. You can also walk from the Mironositskaya street, then you need to go through the arch between the houses number 79 and 81.

Trolleybus number 2 and minibuses 65e, 78e, 202e, 278e, 296e can take you to the stop “Mayakovsky Street” - this is the same intersection with the Sumska street, then walk as described above.
 
The museum is opened from 11 A.M. to 7 P.M. every day, but it is better to call in advance and book a tour. Phones: +380 (57) 715–63–15 and +380 66–812–87–91
Ticket prices as of the beginning of 2019 - 50 hryvnias without a guide and 60 with a guided tour. Students have a discount.
 
Translation by: Anna Chernyshova
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