Toilet Museums Around the World
Toilet is part of history of human hygiene which is a critical chapter in the history of human civilisation and which cannot be isolated to be accorded unimportant position in history. Toilet is a critical link between order and disorder and between good and bad environment.
The Objectives for the Museum has been established with the following objectives :
to educate students about the historical trends in the development of toilets;
to provide information to researchers about the design, materials, and technologies adopted in the past and those in use in the contemporary world;
to help policy makers to understand the efforts made by predecessors in this field throughout the world;
to help the manufacturers of toilet equipment and accessories in improving their products by functioning as a technology storehouse; and to help sanitation experts learn from the past and solve problems in the sanitation sector.
The Museum has a rare collection of facts, pictures and objects detailing the historic evolution of toilets from 2,500 BC to date. It gives a chronology of developments relating to technology, toilet related social customs, toilet etiquettes, the sanitary conditions and legislative efforts of the times. It has an extensive display of privies, chamber pots, toilet furniture, bidets and water closets in use from 1145 AD to the modern times. It also has a rare collection of beautiful poems. Visit the online Museum
Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, the Founder of Sulabh International Social Service Organisation, a pioneering non-profit voluntary organisation (NGO) in the field of Sanitation in India, envisioned the need for the setting up of a museum of toilets in the sprawling campus of his central office at Mahavir Enclave, Palam Dabri Road in New Delhi, India and has consultative status with Economic and Social Council of the U.N.The idea engaged his mind for long, eventually leading him to make hectic worldwide search for minutest details of the evolution of toilets, as also of various toilet designs used in different countries at different points of time.
The Toilet Paper Museum was established a long time ago in a reality far far away, fulfilling the founder's lifelong dream of creating a tribute to this lowly and often overlooked substance which forms a major part of the foundation of our civilization. It grew steadily until it rivalled the Smithsonian Institution in size, but tragically suffered a major setback during the Great Toilet Paper Shortage of 1973 when it was pillaged by an armed band of desperate dysentery-ridden tourists. The majority of specimens, including some quite valuable and irreplaceable ones, were lost, and the physical facilities damaged beyond repair. The job of rebuilding has been slow and painful, but thanks to the donations of our devoted patrons and the tireless and unrelenting efforts of our enormously dedicated volunteer staff, the museum is gradually reattaining a vestige of its former glory as a widely renowned repository of rectal rolls. The museum made the transition to the virtual world in 1999, resulting in the virtual facility you are now touring. Visit the Virtual Toilet Paper Museum.
On a flight to Paris I read in the Air France Magazine about an art exhibition organized by the Sewer Museum of Paris (Les egouts au musee) titled "Sewers and Colors" which I added to my "must see" list. The exhibition ran through 16 Sep 1998 and included prints in relief created from nearly 100 manhole covers from major cities all over the world. The American artist, Ralph G. Brancaccio, first colored the manhole covers with various colors of paint, then laid a sheet of paper over the manhole cover and rolled the back to imprint the design on the paper. "I want to show people the beauty at their feet," says the artist.
The entrance to the Sewer Museum of Paris is located at the Alma Bridge at the corner of quai d'Orsay and the place de la Resistance. This is on the opposite side of the bridge from the entrance to the tunnel in which Princess Diana was killed. The museum is in the Hugues Aubriot gallery located beneath the quai d'Orsay ... formerly a section of the main sewer that ran from the Concorde to the Alma bridge. Yes! the museum is IN the sewer ... albeit a sanitizied section. The tour begins with an explanation of how fresh water is separated from wastewater and proceeds with explanations of the cleaning apparatus used. We actually walked past a street storm sewer opening from the inside.
Workmen do not need maps to find their way around the sewers; each sewer is marked with street signs. The sewers are a veritable "city beneath the city". While odors were evident during the tour, they were no worse than some odors we experienced above ground during our stay in Paris.
Barney Smith has been creating toilet seat works of art for 30 years and now has over 700 differently decorated Toilet Seats at his museum in Alamo Heights, TX 78209
Visit Flushed with Pride and discover who really invented the humble loo - and how they did it! With over 150 objects on display these 7 remarkable galleries provide a true insight into a story that's never been told before! A fun hands-on interactive gallery exploring the different ways engineers and potters found solutions to the problem of removing waste and inventing an efficient "flushing" WC.
The museum was founded by Worcester plumbing equipment distributor Charles Manoog in 1979. Manoog was getting ready to retire and says he wanted to give something back to the profession. Today, his son Russ Manoog runs the distribution business. Down the street, in a refurbished warehouse, Russ's wife, B.J. Manoog curates the only known plumbing museum in the world.
If you'd like to tour the American Sanitary Plumbing Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts and learn all you've never known about the subject, you'll have to wait until fall. The museum is closed for the summer, and re-opens in September. Visiting hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For More Info