After an extensive crowdfunding project, Vagina Museum is now open to the public. First established as a pop-up by Florence Schechter, she took the idea to Edinburgh Festival Fringe and then toured the UK. The 5th October saw the Vagina Museum open its first home in Camden Stables.
The “world’s first bricks and mortar museum dedicated to vaginas, vulvas and the gynaecological anatomy” has opened with its first exhibition titled Muff Busters: Vagina Myths and How To Fight Them. Despite being light on both space and physical objects, the exhibition is packed with vital educational panels around gynaecological health. Less of a museum, currently, and more of a room full of interpretation panels, it’s still an enjoyable and enlightening experience, but lacks some of the integrity of a museum space in a traditional sense.
Much of the interpretation and public programming is centred around puns. There’s a monthly ‘Pub(e) Quiz’, a ‘C-literature Book Club’, and even the exhibition title is a pun. It’s charming and endearing at best, overdone and tacky at worst.
Debunking myths (muffs) and challenging stigma surrounding pubic hair and feminine hygiene products, anatomy, sex, periods, contraception, gender, and virginity, is core to this exhibition. The language is clearly well thought out to the point of perfection. Inclusivity is key to their mission statement, explicitly aiming to ‘challenge heteronormative and cisnormative behaviour’.
The Vagina Museum is at Unit 17 & 18 Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AH. Admission is free and the museum is open 10am-6pm Monday to Saturday and 11am-6pm on Sundays.