Leather Archives & Museum

6418 N. Greenview Avenue, Chicago, IL 60626 - United States

773-761-9200

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Admission to the museum is for adults 18+ only, given the mature nature of some of the exhibits.

Based on the far north side of Chicago, the Leather Archives & Museum (LA&M) is a library, museum and archive pertaining to leather, fetishism, sadomasochism, and alternative sexual practices. Founded in 1991, the LA&M is one of a handful of sex positive museums worldwide, and the only museum dedicated solely to leather, fetishism, sadomasochism, and alternative sexual practices.

Located in the Rogers Park neighborhood on the North Side of Chicago, the museum has been in its current building since 1999. (The building was constructed in 1945, and originally served as a synagogue.)

The 10,000 sq. foot, two-story building holds eight exhibition galleries; a climate controlled archival storage space; a 164-seat auditorium; the G.A.G. Contemporary Fetish Gallery, with rotating exhibits by renowned and emerging fetish artists from around the world; and a 600 sq. foot non-lending reading library to store the research collections.

All sexual orientations and genders are included, and the scope is worldwide! The library houses twelve thousand books (fiction, non-fiction, art, how-to, comic books/graphic novels, pulp fiction) and fourteen thousand magazines, plus scholarly publications, films and electronic resources. As for the museum collection, it’s full of original erotic art and artifacts from alternative sex organizations and individuals. The archives (viewable by appointment) contain unpublished papers and records from notable BDSM activists, artists, businesses and organizations.

Exhibits

Regular museum admission, gallery exhibits and library access per usual.
Admission to the museum is for adults 18+ only, given the mature nature of some of the exhibits.

Museum will be open 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST on Saturday, April 4, 2020. (Last admission to the galleries is at 4:30 pm CST.)

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