If you’re a museum lover, we presume you have visited the National Museums, the local art museum, the museums of historical or political or culture importance; but, have you ever visited, or even heard of, a toilet museum?
No, we aren’t making any mistake — there’s a toilet museum in New Delhi which has become quite a sensation nowadays.
Read on to grab a few tit bits on this ‘most happening’ museum in India —
Sulabh International was one of the first NGOs in India which aimed at educating the people about the importance of proper sanitation and matters related to disposal of wastes.
To meet these purposes, they had also built innumerable pay and use toilets across India —but still, a major part of India consider this as a sheer wastage as we still now see people (and, educated ones at that) peeing on the streets happily.
It is to meet out this lag that Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, the founder of Sulabh International has founded this out-of-the-box museum.
This museum by the famous India-based NGO Sulabh International is quite an unusual deal where you’ll find a rich variety of toilets from different countries and across different generations.
From floral designed Victorian toilets to the more modern rockstar toilets, you’ll find all the varieties of toilets in here. Yes, you’ll definitely be overtaken by fits of laughter but a sneak-peak into this museum is mandatory for it’ll not only make your knowledge about…err…richer but also give you an idea how people gave importance to toilet-seats over the years!
Yes, you’ve heard it right—we’re talking about thrones of “real” kings which also doubled up as toilets, and not about some comic-strip character.
We’re talking about the famous ‘throne-toilet’ of King Louis XIV of France.
According to the ‘sources’, Louis XIV was so much vested in the princely air and demeanor that he would never let go of that aura as a king—not even in toilets.
So, these toilets, with a “dignified” regal aura, were made especially for him to satisfy his hunger to power. Creepy, ain’t it? Besides, there are also toilets on display which would double up as tables!
There are numerous innovative and even idealistic toilets among the ones displayed in this museum.
There’s one portable loo on display—while carrying it around might be eye-soaring to many, but as far as hygienic concerns, you can be sure to seal a deal with these loos!
Then there are the Japanese push-button loos which, with a swift swish, will apparently clean off your bum!
Now, wait for the biggest surprise—the innovative loo section of this museum houses a peculiar electric loo which will turn all the human waste into ash. Nice way of saving the environment, isn’t it?
Within a few years since its inception, the museum has taken the whole world by a (stinking) storm; so much so, that it has found a place in the list of World’s Top 10 Weird and Unusual Museums amongst the likes of Salem’s Witch Museum and Washington D.C.’s International Spy Museum.
This Toilet Museum, one of its kinds, displays toilets since time immemorial (as long back as 2500 BC!!). Other than real toilets, they have also got posters and photographs of toilets from around the world adoring the walls—and, in places where you don’t get a proper picture or the real thing, they’ve got picture-perfect replicas made! Innovative is the word for them—kudos to that!
Well, did you know that the infamous Anglo-French rivalry had reached to such an extremity that the French Royalty (in the 1700s: The age of Neo Classicism in English literary sphere) had designed a toilet which loudly mocked the English’s “craving” for Classical literature—the toilet was made atop a set of classical books made of wood. Well, all these intricate, but nevertheless interesting details, are one of catches of the museum!