Vagina Museum: World's first venue dedicated to gynaecological anatomy to open

13 November 2019, 10:09 | Updated: 13 November 2019, 11:22

The world's first museum dedicated to gynaecological anatomy is opening this weekend after a public fundraising drive.

The Vagina Museum will open on Saturday in Camden, northwest London, and will feature exhibitions and events.

Its mission is to educate on gynaecological anatomy and health, break down taboos and act as a forum for women's rights and trans-inclusive values.

Florence Schechter, a science YouTuber, founded the museum in 2017 after finding there was no physical vagina museum in the world - despite there being one dedicated to male genitalia in Iceland.

She said: "This is a part of the body that should be celebrated. The museum is a fantastic way to spread the message that there is nothing shameful or offensive about vaginas and vulvas."

Florence and her army of volunteers began hosting pop-up programmes and exhibitions in 2017, including at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The museum will be free to enter and has been set up after crowdfunding raised £50,000.

It will have exhibitions and events on a range of subjects including anatomy, health, periods, sex and history.

The museum is backed by The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, whose vice president Alison Wright said: "We believe the museum will be a huge asset to help people to understand women's health and to talk about it more openly."

Crowdfunders behind the project said there had been a 500% increase in the number of labiaplasties on the NHS between 2002 and 2012.

They also highlighted that almost a third of 16 to 35-year-olds said they avoided going to the doctors with gynaecological issues due to embarrassment and half of men would not feel comfortable talking about gynaecological issues with a female partner.

"With a Vagina Museum, all people can learn that there is nothing shameful or offensive about vaginas and vulvas and by fighting stigma, we can be a part of helping solve these problems," the crowdfunding page explains.

The Vagina Museum is in Camden Stables Market on Chalk Farm Road.

It is open from 10am to 6pm Monday to Saturday and 11am to 6pm Sundays.

The first exhibition will be available to see this weekend, entitled Muff Busters: Vagina Myths and How To Fight them.