It is home to a vast collection of erotic art from around the
world and throughout the centuries, which includes paintings, sculptures and photographs
and erotic artefacts such as pottery.
Since its inauguration in 1997, the museum has been able to display works from numerous
different artists and there is a permanent collection, plus there are also temporary
exhibitions held on three floors of this museum.
The Musee de l'Erotisme is appropriately situated in the Pigalle, Montmartre area in the
18th arrondissement of Paris, near to the famous Moulin Rouge, which is where the majority of the
brothels used to be located and it is one of very few museums
in Paris that is open until late, just like the Palais de Tokyo, where they are both open until
midnight or later.
There is a very interesting and extensive gallery that contains documentation, photographs
and drawings that date from the 19th century onwards and are all related to the red light
district of Paris, prostitution and the brothels that were in operation until they were
closed down by the French government back in 1946. Included with many of the
displays are captions both in French and English and you may be surprised to learn that
some famous names like Charlie Chaplin experienced the Paris bordellos.
Also included within the collection are exhibits of carvings from Africa, miniatures from
India, ivories from China and prints from Japan, plus old style porn films and furniture!
This museum is not really seedy and no where as 'in your face' as the museum of erotic art
in Amsterdam is, but is very professionally done in a beautiful building with its marble
There is also a gift shop that sells such things as figurines, amulets from Asia and
bronzes, plus there is a gallery where you can purchase different works of erotic art.
The Musee de l'Erotisme is open every day of the week from 10am until to 2am and
photography is even allowed!
Address & Contact Details:
Musee de l'Erotisme
72 Boulevard de Clichy
Telephone: 1 42 58 28 73