I Eat Nothing at the Erotic Heritage Museum

Yes, we have no food review this week. Instead, we present a one-year anniversary follow-up on the Erotic Heritage Museum on Industrial Boulevard. On September 12th the museum hosted an anniversary celebration party, and your correspondent was there. This is his report.

One of the aids quilts on display at the Erotic Heritage Museum
One of the aids quilts on display at the Erotic Heritage Museum
Photo by Steve Fey

I first visited the museum before it opened. I’ve talked with Ted McIlvenna, the director and creative force behind the Erotic Heritage Museum. I have visited more than once since that time, and even posted an article about the museum, but I never made it to one of their special parties. Until now. I wasn’t sure what I would find, because after all, the topic of sex seems sort of naughty, even to someone who normally is pretty comfortable with it. What I found was the museum in its normal state, including permanent and temporary exhibits on sex and sexuality. Also inside the museum for this occasion were a number of people dressed as you might expect them to be dressed for an episode of HBO’s Real Sex. Mind you, nobody did any real sex at all; this was a public exhibition. But the costumes were, in some cases, pretty wild. Everybody was quite friendly and it was a fun experience to be there for the party.

The parking lot was crowded, but the museum was not. I find that a bit disturbing, because this place deserves to thrive, and I’m afraid that they may be suffering from less attendance than they had hoped for. If you’re local, you owe it to yourself to check out this resource. If you’re a tourist, then treat yourself to yet another unique Vegas experience. You may even learn some things about yourself, by taking the “Are You Normal?” test from one of three computers set up for the purpose.

Well, are you?
Well, are you?
Photo by Steve Fey

To get back to the anniversary party, there were demonstrations of bondage equipment and techniques, live entertainment in the lobby, and a few other special things set up just for the occasion. There were two cash bars which looked like they were doing a brisk business. Most of the crowd was watching the live entertainment, which included musical and dance numbers as well as a presentation of Mr. McIlvenna to the crowd. I wandered around as much as I could, and took many pictures, most of which I can’t reproduce here for various reasons. Unfortunately, given the terms under which I set up my BlogSpot pages, I can’t reproduce them there, either, because I have no adult warning set up, and don’t really want to have one. Some of the things I photographed include the bondage demonstrations, a “Wheel of Torture,” some of the artwork, and of course what you see pictured here. Below is a picture of a portion of the museum’s “Wall of Shame,” on which are listed names and brief stories of people with dubious, dishonest, violent and otherwise unsavory sexual habits. I told Ted that for his politicians section, given the way things are going, he is going to need a bigger wall.

This exhibit is in serious need of more room.
This exhibit is in serious need of more room.
Photo by Steve Fey

So the Erotic Heritage Museum has survived its first year in Las Vegas. I’d consider it a personal favor if all of my readers (who are of age) paid a visit in the not too distant future. By rights, this excellent resource on sex and sexuality deserves to be here for a long, long time. And so long as people keep dropping by, it will.

Admission is $15.00, and I think it’s well worth it. The museum is located at 3275 Industrial Road, diagonally across from the Fashion Show Mall, next to Deja Vu. 702-369-6442.

Megan Edwards also attended the party and you can view more of her photos here. One of the performers at the party, Dray, is a local muralist that we’ve profiled on the RoadTripAmerica.com site, and you’ve got to see the “living canvas” he is working on in Megan’s photo blog!

Comments

3 responses on “I Eat Nothing at the Erotic Heritage Museum

  1. “Pretty much normal…” I wonder if just the act of asking the question belies a certain fundamental lack of normal-ness? I know that those machines purport to provide objective data to support the notion, but seriously…. How could they?

    It is an excellent resource on erotica, but it seems like a tough sell in this very conservative town. I wish them another exciting year.

  2. And only of those of us who are living in Las Vegas realize (and believe) that this truly is a ” very conservative town.”

    I skipped the visit with Steve since I had only just got back from an out of town trip and was resting up. But this must certainly qualify as the most interesting museum in Vegas.

  3. I’ve been fortunate in my career to be able to visit and spend time in every major city, in every state in the USA and many of the provinces in Canada. Las Vegas culturally and politically ranks considerably towards the conservative end of the spectrum — unquestionably it is the most conservative place I’ve ever lived. “Sin City” is a fantasy place of smoke and mirrors — but living and working here requires an appreciation, or at least a tolerance for a far more conservative point of view. Which isn’t, of course, to suggest that it’s not also a pretty nice place to live and work!

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