Harry Mohney’s Passion
3275 Industrial Road, Las Vegas
11 am – 10 pm, daily
Cover: $30; $15 seniors, students, military, locals
I spent an hour wandering through this place during their grand reopening and I could have spent a couple more hours just browsing through the wall of female teachers who’d had sex with their underage students (there have been dozens of them!), the Larry Flynt shrine, the classic pin-ups and Playboy covers, and mannequins dressed in fetish gear.
The Erotic Heritage Museum is on Industrial Road right next door to Déjà Vu Showgirls. It initially opened in August 2008 to display the erotic art collection of Harry Mohney, who founded the Déjà Vu strip club chain, and Ted McIlvenna, an international collector of erotica. This is a serious museum and if you have any interest in erotic art or the history of human sexual obsession, you should visit. The museum had been closed for a few months but it has just reopened with many new exhibits.
The exhibits in the 24,000 square-foot museum change regularly. The current display includes everything from fine-art drawings, paintings, photographs, and fertility sculptures to books about sex, old movie posters, sex toys, costumes, and dozens of video monitors exhibiting the history of sex on film.
Some of the displays, like the life-size bondage and discipline dioramas, may be disturbing to some viewers, but the expressions of human sexuality across different cultures and times are fascinating. You’ll find yourself contemplating the complexity of our erotic lives and sexuality’s critical role in our social structures.
The general-admission charge is $30, or $15 for seniors, students, military, and Nevada residents. The museum’s new website is still under construction so I don’t have any information about the coming classes and events. Prior to closing there were regularly scheduled events and classes on everything from nude yoga to bondage etiquette and I suspect there will soon be a new schedule. Some of these events were pretty wild.
The Erotic Heritage Museum is a Las Vegas treasure. It contains the human artifacts you can’t see at Chicago’s Field Museum or New York’s MOMA. The establishment museums aren’t going to touch female pedophilia with a ten-foot pole (so to speak)—they support the existing power arrangement, while Harry Mohney’s museum lifts its skirt.
[Note: Nude coed yoga classes are now every Thursday night at 7 pm. Classes last about an hour. Bring a yoga mat and water. The instructor is Tasia. See review. Admission: $20]
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