A Strange Museum- The Sulabh Museum of Toilets in New Delhi
Ever wondered what a museum dedicated entirely to the history of toilets would be like?…well wonder no more! The Sulabh Museum in New Delhi is dedicated to just that TOILETS!!
While Museums are usually repositories for the preservation and exhibition of the objects of historical, scientific or cultural interest. The Sulabh Museum is a one of a kind Museum following the history and the evolution of the Toilet around the World. Sound like good reading on the throne right? Here’s a bit more about the Toilet Museum in Delhi.
Sulabh International & the Sulabh Museum of Toilets
Sulabh International is an Indian based social service organization which works to promote human rights, environmental sanitation, non-conventional sources of energy, waste management and social reforms through education. It’s founder Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak came up with an idea of a toilet museum which led him to make a 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.
Fact is that several thousand years ago it was almost unheard of to have running water, sewers and bathroom facilities that were actually sanitary. That seems to make Sulabh Museum of Toilets all the more fascinating!
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 etiquette, 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.
From Chamber Pots to our Modern day toilet the Sulabh Museum of toilet has it all…so next time you’re in Delhi and would like to see some unusual toilets visit the Toilet Museum, I’m sure I will!