The Hollywood Erotic Museum was an adults-only museum located in a restored 1926 building on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California specializing in sexual history in Hollywood and the entertainment industry.[1][2] The six thousand square foot space was also home to the Erotic Museum Hall of Fame, whose eight inductees included Hugh Hefner.[3] It was established by Boris Smorodinsky and Mark Volper in 2004 and closed in mid-2006 due to lack of business and gentrification.[4][5]

The museum featured many different items, including original etchings by Pablo Picasso as well as a legendary stag film dating back to 1948 that is allegedly of Marilyn Monroe having sex with an unnamed man.[citation needed] The video owned by the museum is the only known copy in existence. Also in their permanent collection, contemporary erotic art by such artists as Julian Murphy and Tom of Finland.[6][7]


  1. ^ "New sex museum pays tribute to the tame and the tawdry". Associated Press. Retrieved May 31, 2021.
  2. ^ Jacobs, Alexandra (February 9, 2004). "Dust Off the Dildos: L.A. Gets Sex Museum". Observer. Retrieved May 31, 2021.
  3. ^ Rampell, Ed (January 1, 2005). Progressive Hollywood: A People's Film History of the United States. Red Wheel Weiser. p. 331. ISBN 978-1-932857-10-8. Retrieved May 31, 2021.
  4. ^ "Artcom Museums Tour: The Erotic Museum". Retrieved May 31, 2021.
  5. ^ Harvey, Steve (May 7, 2006). "End of an Eros for Hollywood's Erotic Museum". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on June 11, 2020. Retrieved May 31, 2021.
  6. ^ "sex sells: the erotic museum opens in hollywood" (PDF). Tom of Finland Foundation. 2003. Retrieved May 31, 2021.
  7. ^ Communications, Emmis (February 2005). "Buzz Cuts". Los Angeles Magazine. Emmis Communications. Retrieved May 31, 2021.