After visiting the Icelandic Phallological Museum in Episode 16, I still didn’t get what all the hype was about. So, I sat down with anthropology professor (and fellow Fulbright grantee) John Bodinger de Uriarte to talk about how the museum plays with our ideas of authority and reality, why gift shops in Reykjavík are “museums of imagined Icelandicness,” and more.
The song in this episode is Þjráhyggja by JóiPé x Króli.
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Welcome to Museums in Strange Places. I’m your host, Hannah Hethmon, and this is a podcast for people who love museums, stories, culture, and exploring the world.
This year, I’m living in Iceland, and in each episode, I visit a different Icelandic museum to discover what stories they hold and how they reflect and shape Iceland’s unique cultural identity.
The podcast is hosted by me, Hannah Hethmon, an American Fulbright Fellow living in Reykjavík. You can find and follow me on Twitter and Instagram @hannah_rfh.
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Book: Phallological Museum by Sigurjón Baldur Hafsteinsson
“I Dragged My Parents to a Penis Museum, and It Bored Them to Tears,” Vice
“An Open Letter to the Icelandic Phallological Museum,” McSweeney’s
“Missing in Iceland: Vagina Museum,” The Reykjavík Grapevine
“Members only: Inside the incredible Icelandic Phallological Museum – home to a 5ft whale’s penis and parts from 285 other animals,” Daily Mail
“‘This is not the Penis Museum, sign at Icelandic office space tells confused tourists,” Newsweek
“The Penises of the Icelandic Handball Team,” Slate
“An Anatomy of Iceland’s Penis Museum,” The Atlantic
Photos of the Icelandic Phallological Museum
In a stunning display of neglect, I forgot to take photos in the museum before I left Iceland. So I’ve had to share photos from others below. If you want to see more, just Google, “Icelandic Phallological Museum,” and you will find plenty to see.