Visiting The Venustempel

The Venustempel – The first museum of it’s kind



Amsterdam’s sex museum, The Venustempel (Venus Temple), is the oldest of its kind, being the first one opened in 1985. It is located at the heart of the busiest part of the city, Damrak.

Whilst some may think such museums are sordid and in poor taste, The Venustempel was not intended to be a tacky money maker for tourists to visit. Their website states that ‘there were museums for practically everything but sex’ before this museum was opened. They also claim that the point of the museum is to show ‘the most natural thing in the world’ as it is; something that has been ‘translated into a thousand and one different shapes and forms in the course of the centuries.’

The museum boasts an impressive, artistic collection of erotic pictures, paintings, objects and more, all gathered together personally by the museum owners, and then displayed for public viewing.

On your visit to The Venustempel you will witness how sex and indeed eroticism has evolved through time, from Greek and Roman artefacts, to galleries of pornography. There is also a Madame Tussauds style tribute to 1950’s sex symbol Marilyn Monroe’s famous blowing white dress moment in 1955 film The Seven Year Itch.

Marilyn Monroe's famous moment

Perhaps the most entertaining parts of the museum are the numerous human-size figures, who display different kinds of sexual acts. Some talk and some move, others are behind glass; particularly the majority of the display within the ‘Red Light District’ exhibit, which portrays a history of the famous area of Amsterdam, with the women behind their windows.

The museum is open from 09:30 until 23:30 and takes around 45 minutes to an hour to get around; which is great value for money given the admittance fee is just €4,00.

Visitors to the museum must be no younger than 16, and it is advisable to keep an open mind before going in and looking round, as parts of the museum are not suitable for those who are easily offended.

             Museum Information

  • Open daily from 09:30 until 23:30
  • Admission is €4,00
  • Strictly no under 16’s
  • Address: Damrak 18
    1012 LH Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Telephone: +31 (0) 20 622 8376
  • Website:

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6 thoughts on “Visiting The Venustempel

  1. With the risk of sounding repetitive, sounds like a really interesting place. I mean c’mon who wouldn’t want to learn more about the most enjoyable and “natural” thing in the world.
    If im ever in amsterdam i will definitely try find the time to check this place out.
    Can those cakes be eaten by the public? haha.

  2. the museum is very good. very interesting place with plenty to view and learn. funny suprise on the stairs but i won’t say any more!! nice review

  3. I went to Amsterdam 4 years ago with a friend for a weekend break, and the sex museum was one of many that was recommended. Was as much useful as it was funny, some interesting things in there. Along with 2 giant penis’s! 🙂

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