Museums are a mainstay for travelers worldwide. But you don't have to head to the big cities for museums that have one-of-a-kind artifacts or works by the likes of Rembrandt, Matisse and Picasso.
In an unassuming limestone building in Bloomington, Ind., that looks no different from surrounding ones that house college lecture halls and libraries, is a collection that includes art by those famous painters but also, among its artifacts, condoms and sex toys.
The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction at Indiana University is not exactly a museum.
Founded in 1947, it's an academic endeavor that conducts research, but it also offers tours of its extensive collection of artwork, artifacts and other rotating displays that focus on the art and science of sex.
"People are often surprised to find that we're here in the heartland, where it is more conservative than on the coasts," said Jennifer Bass, communications director, who began working at Kinsey in the 1990s as a researcher on oral contraceptives.
More than 4,200 people visit each year to view the gallery and other exhibits. Admission is free, and the gallery is open Monday through Friday afternoons.
Unlike other museums, this one features a warning on its website: "Tour participants should be aware that some of the materials on display at The Kinsey Institute are sexually explicit and may be deemed offensive by some persons."
Some items that are on the walls might fit into that category for some.
There are prints from a 17th century Chinese wood carving that depicts a concubine showing her master the ways of love, a "blue book" from New Orleans in the early 1900s that lists bordellos and prostitutes, and a collection of pulp fiction.
The current art exhibition, on display through June 29, is called "Man as Object: Reversing the Gaze."
For information call 812-855-7686 or visit kinseyinstitute.org.