Located in Miami Beach, the World Erotic Art Museum was established by Naomi Wilzig, widow of the late Siggi Wilzig. Wilzig had traveled the world collecting erotic art pieces and now has one of the largest collections in the world. WEAM is a museum that is open only to adults and offers exhibits drawn from its collection of over 4,000 pieces of fine erotic art from 300 BC to the present. While there are several museums dedicated to the interpretation of sex, this is the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to fine erotic art.
Owner Naomi Wilzig opened The World Erotic
Art Museum (WEAM) on South Beach in October 2006 because she felt her
collection should be seen and enjoyed by the public. Wilzig passed away in
April of 2015 at the age of 80.
It began in the late 1990s when her son, Ivan, asked her to
purchase some conversation pieces for his apartment. Wilzing began collecting
pieces and her interest eventually lead to her authoring five books on the
subject of erotic art in history. When the collection became too large for her
home, she purchased a building, which is now WEAM.
With over 20 rooms filled with over
12,000-square-feet of artwork, one of the most famous items on display is a
large example of a male appendage that served as a prop in Stanley Kubrick’s
1971 film “A Clockwork Orange.” The museum has artwork from watercolor nudes to
unusually large phallic reproductions, as well as a large wooden Kama Sutra bed
with delicate carvings and posts. It also shows artwork from world renowned
artists such as Rembrandt, Picasso and Salvador Dali.
In 2011 WEAM premiered the first US
exhibition of rare erotic Rembrandt etchings.
Starting in October of 2018, WEAM will
offer a combination of academic events, cultural programs, and a variety of
workshops and classes. With these new offerings, WEAM aims to engage the local
community and become the home for Miamians to explore topics related to human