A snap of this poster taken by Asta Helgadottir, a former member of the Icelandic parliament, has gone viral. Since she uploaded it to Twitter it’s had over 113,000 likes and 31,000 replies
Iceland is home to the world’s largest collection of penises.
But they’re definitely not housed in The Reykjavik Coworking Unit, opposite the music school for children.
However, so many people have barged into this building, thinking it was actually the Icelandic Phallological Museum – the correct location for the phallic collection – that a worker there was forced to put up a sign on the door stating ‘this is not the penis musuem’.
A snap of the poster taken by Asta Helgadottir, a former member of the Icelandic parliament, has gone viral. Since she uploaded it to Twitter it’s had over 113,000 likes and 31,000 replies.
The sign says: ‘This is not the penis museum. Go back to Laugavegur (the street), turn left (direction downtown), and walk 20 meters/60 feet. It will be on the same side. You can’t miss it. It has a big penis logo. Sincerely, the people who work here.’
It was put up by one of the workers at the Coworking Unit who goes by the name of Jooon on Twitter.
When he first posted a picture of it to Twitter it caused a small stir, then the internet went into meltdown when Ms Helgadottir published her photo of it.
Jooon said: ‘You’d think you’d never grow tired of having people awkwardly ask you whether your office is the Penis Museum. But like all things, it gets old eventually.’
The Phallological Museum contains an eye-watering array of specimens carefully collected from hundreds of different animals.
Inside the museum’s large illuminated rooms, there are penises and penile parts of all shapes and sizes from a huge array of mammals, from whales to bears, seals to cats, and even mice.
The Phallological Museum contains an eye-watering array of specimens carefully collected from hundreds of different animals
Opened in 1997, the museum’s collection has grown to 286 items and by breaking taboos it has become one of Reykjavik’s top tourist attractions.
The museum houses a wide range of genital-themed artefacts, among them trays, totem poles and a telephone.
Plus the phallus of a sperm whale, the largest specimen in the museum
Preserved in formaldehyde inside a huge plexiglass case at the museum’s entrance, it is 1.70 metres tall (5ft 6inches) and weighs 75kg (165lbs).
Over the years interest in the museum has grown and in 2011 it had 12,000 visitors in an island nation better known for its breathtaking landscapes.
It also has a shop which sells everything from penile-shaped pasta to designer condoms and hand-knitted willy warmers.
Most of the visitors are foreign nationals and more than 60 per cent are women.
Opened in 1997, the museum’s collection has grown to 286 items and by breaking taboos it has become one of Reykjavik’s top tourist attractions