The Penis Museum, Part II ft. John Bodinger de Uriarte (Museums in Strange Places S01 E17)

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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Further “Study”

Check out the Website of the Vagina Museum

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.

Museum founder Sigurður Hjartason at the museum’s original location in Húsavík. Photo credit.
Blogger Euro Moose with the elephant penis (and the ubiquitous penis lamp in the top left).

 

The massive sperm whale penis that’s the main attraction at the museum.
“Merman Penis” photographed by The Lady Travels
Silver penises photographed by Allez Gizele.

A copy of Tom Mitchell’s comic book about his penis, Elmo THE Penis. Photo Credit.
Museum founder Sigurður Hjartason at the museum’s original location in Húsavík.

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