Recently I was in Cleveland[, Ohio, USA] for Ohio Advocates, and we took a little trip to Case Western's Contraception Museum [contraceptive museum on the campus of Case Western Reserve University, on corner of Euclid and Adelbert RD, University Circle (on RTA Healthline aka #6, RTA 48/48A, #9)].
The museum covered just about every aspect of contraception- condoms, sponges, spermicides, cervical caps, diaphragms, pills, IUDs. You name it, they had it.
The most interesting part about the museum was the amount of history it covered. The museum covered a lot of history as far back as the 17th and 18th century [all the back to ancient Egyptians, too_NS], and their unusual folklore, oddities and early methods of birth control.
Stories of different rituals such as inserting crocodile dung into the vagina, wearing weasel testicles around the neck, or walking around the urination from a pregnant wolf three times, were just a few examples of how women used to avoid pregnancy that the museum covered.
Naturally, the museum displayed many examples of condoms. Condoms made of animal intestines, condoms made of alligator skin, condoms made of candy wrappers, condoms made of what seemed like pretty much anything. (Same goes for cervical caps, it seemed like women thought that they could stick ANYTHING up there and it would prevent them from getting pregnant...yikes!)
[It's even worse when male doctors / scientists come up with spiky metal bits to help!_NS]
If you haven't seen this museum you should. Really. I mean it! I know I'm crazy about all topics related to sex and sex education and I may see a bit biased, but I promise you would find this museum very interesting and worth your time...plus IT'S FREE!!!
Check out Ohio Advocates pictures from the trip on facebook!