it’s nice to have a passion. Some people collect stamps, some collect perfume bottles, or little crystal hedgehogs. Sigurður Hjartarson collects penises: an elephant penis, a walrus penis and even a teensy-weensy hamster penis (size is not all that matters with phalluses, as you may have heard). Hjartarson originally started a private collection in 1974: the idea came about when some friends brought him a bull penis as a joke. He thought it would be interesting to start collecting the specimens,and things only got more serious from there.
About 17 years ago, he erected the Phallological Museum in Reykjavik, which quickly became a quirky tourist attraction (where it’s mandatory to measure your height beside the suspended whale schlong). The museum features shelves and glasses filled wall-towall with penises, and without getting too weirded out by the idea, the museum is an amusing and informative retrospective of every mammal’s penis specimen in Iceland: 283 biological specimens are all housed in one building. Recently,the documentary The Final Member told the story behind the museum’s first human acquisition, donated by an infamous Icelandic adventurer,Pall Arason,whose last wish was to have his penis on display in the museum. Hjartarson,however,was displeased with the results.‘His organ had shrunk quite a bit,’ he told The Daily Beast. But the quest to obtain a satisfactory human sample endures, ideally younger and grander. ‘We just wait and our time will come,’ Hjartarson mused about the evasive penis, his metaphorical Moby-Dick.