Since it opened in Manhattan in 2002, the Museum of Sex has become one of New York City’s top-rated attractions on TripAdvisor.
The museum is now moving to Miami, Florida, where it will open a new outpost that will house everything from an exhibit on the history of sexual health products to “sexy robots.”
The Museum is scheduled to open in the spring. It will be located in the Allapattah neighborhood of Miami, which is home to a growing number of art and design venues, in a huge converted warehouse that is 32,000 square feet.
According to museum officials, the museum exemplifies its goal of serving as a thought-provoking forum on sex and sexuality.
The opening exhibitions are spread across three large gallery spaces and feature a solo presentation by Hajime Sorayama, who has previously worked with Dior Men and Grammy-winning singer The Weeknd.
In addition to 20 of the Japanese artist’s retro-futuristic erotic paintings, the exhibit includes four of his well-known “sexy robot” sculptures, each of which stands over 9 feet tall.
Meanwhile, a show titled “Modern Sex: “100 Years of Design and Decency” will look at how sexual health products have been promoted and viewed since the 1920s.
In the meantime, “Journey into the Erotic Carnival” was designed with the help of artists and designers, including RuPaul Charles, a television drag star. A 40-foot-wide mermaid tank is one of the 20 “amusements” at the installation, according to the launch’s press release.
The Norwegian architecture firm behind the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion in New York and the ongoing expansion of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s performance hall, Snhetta, designed the museum. In addition, there will be retail space and a bar in the repurposed warehouse, which is larger than the original New York museum.
The Museum of Sex, known as MoSex, has hosted more than 40 exhibitions “committed to preserving, presenting, and celebrating the cultural significance of human sexuality” since its opening two decades ago on Manhattan’s 5th Avenue.
Recent exhibitions have looked at topics like sex work and abortion, presenting what it calls “the best of current scholarship.”
Over 20,000 artifacts and artworks, including photographs, costumes, and historical sex toys, are in the museum’s permanent collection. Gluck described the establishment’s opening of an outpost in Miami, which already houses an erotic art museum, as a “major milestone.”