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Polish military museum requests visitors stop having sex among “unique exhibits”

Piotr Piwowarczyk, the museum’s director, said the request is not a joke or publicity stunt.

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Fort Gerhard, a military museum in Poland, has urged guests to stop having sex during visits after capturing the public coitus on CCTV.

The museum posted a statement on its Facebook page on 21 July 2022 in which it asked “guests in love” to stop bonking among the “unique exhibits”.

“Our guests are kindly requested… how can we put it… no ars amandi [the art of love] in the museum, please,” the statement reads. “The museum has been equipped with cameras for some time.”

“We understand that [our] unique exhibits and uniformed service can give you chills, excitation and excitement,” the museum adds.

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“Guests in love, please understand – most of the exhibits in our museum are objects ‘born’ many years ago and subject to completely different moral standards. Conservative, even orthodox and restrained. We do not expose them to discomfort!”

Fort Gerhard, also known as the Eastern Fort, is a former 19th-century Prussian fortress in the coastal town of Świnoujście.

In the Facebook post, the museum suggests “taking a walk toward the wild beaches, which are abundant on the right bank of Świnoujście”.

Piotr Piwowarczyk, the museum’s director, told Warsaw-based media outlet Gazeta Wyborcza that the request is not a joke or publicity stunt.

“In less than a month since the beginning of the holidays we’ve already had three recordings of lovers engaged in trysts,” he said.

“No ars amandi in the museum, please”

“Visitors to the fort have various temperaments, some of them very conservative,” he added.

“We don’t want them to be shocked during their visit by stumbling across a couple engaged in lustful antics.”

On the subject of sexual relations, Reykjavík is already home to the Icelandic Phallological Museum, which houses the world’s largest display of penises.

In 2019, the first vulva museum in the world opened in London. The Vagina Museum is located in Camden’s Stables Market.

Image: Fort Gerhard

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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