As the world becomes more forward-thinking, topics that used to be considered taboo are now getting time in the spotlight. There’s the Museum of Sex in New York City and a penis museum in Iceland. Now, the UK’s joining in on the fun, and will open the world’s first museum dedicated to vaginas this coming weekend.
The Vagina Museum, located in London’s Camden Market, will surround all things vaginas, vulvas, and gynaecological anatomy, and will also be gender inclusive and intersectional. Its first exhibit will be called “Muff Busters: Vagina Myths and How to Fight Them,” on from this Saturday until February 28, 2020. Those who can’t make it in person will be able to access it online. In addition to the exhibit, there will be all kinds of events, such as comedy nights, dance, theater, film screenings, workshops, and the like.
Florence Schechter, the museum’s founder, is a science YouTuber and hopes to rid the stigma that surrounds that part of the body, as it can lead to harmful consequences. “What I’m hoping that people will get out of it, I think, No. 1 is that vaginas are normal and nothing to be ashamed of,” she said in an interview with PRI’s The World. “I think a museum would be a really great way of us as a community coming together and saying, ‘Actually, this is a part of the body that we should be celebrating, something we should be having conversations about.”
The project launched in March 2017 and has put on pop-up exhibits around the UK since then. It has fundraised nearly 50,000 British pounds in donations.
While the Camden museum is underway, Schechter and her team will be working on finding a permanent location in the UK. The plan is to open said location in 2032, with galleries and exhibitions dedicated to the science, history, culture, and social aspect of gynaecological anatomy, as well as a variety of events.
The Vagina Museum is free admission and will be open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Sunday from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
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