Founder Florence Schechter developed the concept for the Vagina Museum after discovering a museum dedicated to penises in Iceland, the Icelandic Phallological Museum. Comedy and theater events, craft workshops and educational talks will take place at the museum, but its first goal is to educate visitors about vulvas and vaginas while challenging the prevailing stigma surrounding them. An exhibition on the opening day will be themed „Vagina Myths and How to Fight Them.” “There’s nothing shameful or offensive about vulvas and vaginas,” Florence Schechter said. “They’re a part of the body that should be celebrated!” A crowdfunding campaign raised almost £50,000 (about $62,000) to help the new museum.
More funds are needed for a permanent location. “We want to give everyone the confidence to talk about a perfectly normal part of the anatomy,” development and marketing manager Zoe Williams told media. Florence Schechter is a science communicator, comedian, presenter, video producer and trainer. She owns a science YouTube channel with over one million views. She has been an expert contributor on TV documentary Engineering Catastrophes (Science Channel), a writer and presenter on the podcast Chemistry In It’s Element (Royal Society of Chemistry) and voiced an explainer for the charity Eve Appeal. Florence Schechter has been interviewed by a number of major news outlets such as BBC Radio 5, RTE 2FM, Refinery29, Huffington Post, The Independent, Metro, Mashable and Atlas Obscura.