Are you the traveller that loves to visit museums when you’re away? What’s the weirdest museum you’ve ever been to? In this new Travel Society series we will be talking about the weirdest, wackiest, funniest and amazing museums in the world.
The first museum in the series starts off in India— The Sulabh International Museum of Toilets.
Located in New Delhi, this museum may seem strange at first. But, in a country where sanitation (and plumbing) are a major concern, the humble toilet takes on a greater significance than it does here in North America. The museum was founded by Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, an innovator responsible for a particularly useful toilet mechanism; the ‘scavenging-free, two-pit, pour flush toilet’ which has, to date, changed the lives of millions in India due to its design. Now Dr. Pathak works to promote human rights, environmental sanitation and waste management through education – working with Sulabh International Social Service Organisation. With 50,000 volunteers, Sulabh is the largest non-profit organization in India. Dr. Pathak started his museum in 1994 to showcase the evolution of the toilet in India. Today, this small but interesting museum has a variety of different models on display, fascinating to the average viewer.
Devoted to all things fundamental, the museum’s website even has a “code of toilets”:
Before going for defecation it was prescribed that the sacred thread should be rolled to a smaller size and be put on the right ear. The head was to be covered with a cloth. In the absence of cloth, the sacred thread was to be brought over the head and was to be hung on the left ear. Then while observing silence and facing north in the day and south in the night one could defecate. While defecating one was not to touch water. After defecation the water pot was to be held in the right hand, left hand was to be used for cleaning.
So, if you’ve ever wondered what a museum dedicated entirely to toilets would be like, you should definitely check this out next time you’re in New Delhi, India! Click here to check out the website.