The museum was started by Sigurður Hjartarson, a history teacher for 37 years, whose friend brought him an assortment of severed penises from a whaling station, Þóröur explains. "He hung them out to dry. This became an ongoing joke at the workplace, and after a few years you have a collection of penises." Hjartarson eventually moved the collection from the college he taught at to a Reykjavík museum location in 1997. Eventually, it passed to his son Hjörtur Gísli Sigurðsson in 2012, making him, as Slate once pointed out, "probably the world’s only hereditary penis-museum operator."
Its smallest penis is a hamster penis bone, which is set up behind a magnifying glass, while its largest penis is a six-foot-plus standing display case that houses the penis of a sperm whale. "It is only a part of it," Þóröur says. "Two-thirds of the penis are missing" -- a statement which sounds as terrifying as is to read when it's uttered by a tall, long-haired Icelandic man, speaking as if he's surrounded by the serenity of life itself. Þóröur is by far the highlight of the clip, especially when he points to a giant elephant dick while holding a mug coffee, and -- with the straightest face in the world -- says, "Not many people realize that elephants are actually huge."