Museums are the best place to gain knowledge of everything about a city or country. They are the blocks that carve in them the flavours of a place. With all kinds of museums made, the only thing left to be had a museum built on was something very shitty. And here it was – The Toilet Museum. Yes, now we have a museum made for getting to know the history and story of toilets since the time we started shitting in them ages back. Doesn’t it sound so smelly? Well, it has to since this is what it is all about. So grab your pants and don’t let them slip as this is gonna get more shitty as you scroll down below.
Established in 1992, the museum takes you through the evolution and historical trends in the development of the toilets. The walls of the museum are covered from head to toe with rare collections of pictures and facts that will give your brain some thinking to do. The best thing I saw in the museum were the various kinds of toilet seats used in the past. These are actually the replicas brought together from various countries. The original ones remain stagnate in their respective countries. There has been quite a lot of history that most of us are unaware about relating to the toilets. I was so amazed to know that how can something sort of this have a history as well and that too very interesting and thought-provoking. One can learn so much about the methods, design, technology and materials used in the past to help us clean our stomachs.
Sanitation has been a great problem in India where still a majority of the rural population goes into the open to urinate and facet. Digging into the history of toilets and methods adopted over the time by our ancestors can help our policy makers and sanitation experts in solving the problem of sanitation and sewage. Also, the manufacturers of the toilets and its accessories can make better changes in their design for better functionality. All thanks to Dr Bindeshwar Pathalk, who is the founder of Sulabh International Museum of Toilets. He also is a sociologist and social reformer. You can search about him more on Google.
The indoor part of the museum is quite small but it is enough to tell you about each and everything about the toilets. The walls of the museum are like a toilet timeline starting from 2500 BC to the present. The walls are categorized into different sections depicting the pictures and facts about toilets and sanitation practices in the Ancient Societies, Middle Ages and Modern Times.
The first advanced city dating back to 2500 BC called Mohanjodaro had so advanced and effective sanitation methods that the cities of present times (especially those of under developed or developing countries like India) can learn so much from them. The household sewage system and drainage system were very nicely made by the people of those times and people followed those rules. It goes to shows that how well organized were things in the past if we talk about sanitation methods. Apart from this, one can see examples of ancient Indian cities like Harapan settlements, Taxila, Ujjain, Lothal, Kausambi and more.
One can also get to see the sanitation and sewage systems used in the European countries (in the middle ages) like Egypt, Babylonia, Jerusalem, Rome and England.
You can also learn about the Remedies for Constipation, Types of Toilets, funny Toilet Signs, Etiquette for Bachelors & Married in Ancient Times and how to use various kinds of toilets. The nerves of my mind that were sleeping, woke up to know about the various types of toilets made till date and various concepts and ideologies relating to toilets, sewage and sanitation.
As you enter the museum, just in the front is a rectangular glass box. Here one can see the flags of 60 countries who participated and supported in making the Sulabh International Museum of Toilets a success. These countries sent the details relating to Toilets like history, replicas, important facts and pictures. The guide in the museum told that the founder of the museum, contacted embassies of 100 countries in India and 60 of them responded with great enthusiasm and interest in this concept. It is the only International Museum of Toilets in the World. It is also rated as one of the weirdest museums in the world by various magazines and channels.
When something stinks how do People React?
In China, one would say ‘Stink to Death‘ while wrinkling the nose and waving a hand in front of the face as if snatching air.
In Germany, one would react in several ways like Eeee, Eiigett or Baayah while moving the hand in front of the nose to chase off that evil smell.
A person in the Philippines might react with a quick flip of the thumb and forefinger down the sides of the nose.
The Russian utter it as ‘Foo’ what a nightmare. This is accompanied by the nose pinch.
In the US, when something stinks, people squeeze their nose between thumb and forefinger and say ‘Peee-yew‘
In Argentina, the word is ‘Uff‘
An Indian would cover the nose with hand or any cloth. They don’t react as they are used to it too much. Haha.. 🙂
Interesting Facts on display at the Toilet Museum:
World’s Largest Toilet Complex – Chongqing City in China. It is a 3 storeyed Porcelain building with Egyptian facade spread over 3000 sq meters and has more than 1000 toilets and bath fittings with Bizzare Designs.
Worlds’ Costliest Toilet – Nasa has the world’s costliest toilet prices at $19 million. The space toilet has a vacuum instead of flush. It pumps urine to a filtering system that turns it into drinking water for our astronauts.
Fascinating Urinals – The Urinal at Taj Mahal in Agra (India), stands second in the list of Top 10 Fascinating Urinals in the world.
The Replicas of Toilet Seats
I wanted to sit on each and every toilet seat and take a picture so that I can keep it as a remembrance, but you are not allowed to. These are rare articles and shouldn’t be damaged. The person who made the toilet seats and commodes was a genius indeed.
The other thing I loved was the framed pictures with humorous quotes written to give you some laughter. Believe me, Toilet Humour is something that can at least make anyone smile if not laugh. Below are some of the many pinned on the wall.
Outdoor Section of The Sulabh Toilet Museum
In the outer premises of the Museum, there are various replicas of Indian Style Toilets for you. Those who don’t like the Western Ones, they can see the various models of Indian Latrines. Each one of it has a rate and its working duration mentioned on it. If anyone wants to get them made at their home or elsewhere they can book it at that price.
Posing to show how one can pass time while waiting outside a toilet if the one inside is having loose motions. 🙂
The Sulabh Organization is doing a thorough research in its labs in 0order to better the sanitation and hygienic conditions not only in India but also in other developing countries of the world. It feels so good to know about the purest initiative they are taking to improve the environment we live in.
The Toilet Museum in Delhi is ranked amongst the Top 10 weirdest museums in the world by National Geographic. Following is the list of the nominees from around the globe.
1. Plastinarium – Guben, Germany
2. The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum – Osaka, Japan
3. Museum of Sex – New York, USA
4. International Spy Museum – Washington D.C., USA
5. The Mummy Museum – Guanajuato, Mexico
6. Cancun Underwater Museum – Cancun, Mexico
7. Iceland Phallological Museum – Reykjavik, Iceland
8. Sulabh International Museum of Toilets – New Delhi, India
9. Torture Museum – Amsterdam, Netherlands
10. Vent Haven Ventriloquist Museum – Fort Mitchell, Kentucky
Spending few hours at the Sulabh International Museum of Toilets was the time well spent in research. Afterall, its an important part of our lives. You gotta have some knowledge about the thing where you spend few hours every month sitting and defecating.
How to reach Toilet Museum:
Distance from International Airport – 10 km (Time – 25 mins approx)
Nearest Metro Station – Dwarka Sector 10 (Time – 10 mins approx)
Days Open – All 7 days in a week (Except Indian National Holidays), You can come and find a place to shit any day.
Timings – 10 Am to 5 PM in Spring/ Summers (1st April to 30th October)
10:30 AM to 5 Pm in Autumn/ Winters (1st November to 30th March)
Entry – Free for All
Other Services – Free Guided Tour and Parking facility
So if you are touring Delhi and are one of those who likes to go offbeat, then do get Your Bums to this Museum. A Visit to the Toilet Museum will surely make your mind filled with bundles of knowledge and stomachs cleaned from dirt.
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