Yes, there is a toilet museum in Delhi. The founder of Sulabh International Social Service Organisation Dr Bindeshwar Pathak envisioned this one as a unique museum. The museum has a rare collection of facts, pictures and objects detailing the historic evolution of toilets from 2500 BC to date and provides a chronological account of developments relating to technology, toilet related social customs, toilet etiquettes, prevailing sanitary conditions and legislative efforts of the times.
Famous Toilet Museum in Delhi
The Sulabh International Museum of Toilets in Delhi is a museum run by Sulabh International, which is dedicated to the global history of sanitation and toilets. According to Time magazine, the museum is one of the weirdest museums among the “10 museums around the world that are anything but mundane”.
It was established in 1992 by Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, a social activist, founder of the Sulabh Sanitation and Social Reform Movement, and recipient of national and international awards including the Stockholm Water Prize in 2009. His objective in establishing this museum was to highlight the need to address the problems of the sanitation sector in the country, considering the efforts made in various parts of the world in this field since the third millennium BC.
A museum displaying toilet seats used during ancient, medieval and modern times is located in the Mahavir Enclave area of New Delhi. Operated and maintained by India-based NGO Sulabh International, the museum has been established to promote sanitation across the nation. For obvious reasons, TIME Magazine has listed it as one of the weirdest museums in the world.
Everything from the tribes of different regions, their eating habits, lifestyle, beliefs, houses they live in, and even the toilets! Yes, we have come a long way when it comes to using toilets. And believe us, there is a museum dedicated to toilets in New Delhi which evokes a feeling of awe! Well yes, you can visit the Sulabh International Museum of Toilets in Delhi for a tour of the amazing urinals used by civilisations to date.
One of the intriguing exhibits is a mimic of the British medieval era commode which looks like a treasure trove. This commode may seem far out that one has to get locked inside the wooden box to use the pot. There is also a look-alike of the toilet used by King Louis XIV, which he used while holding court so that he does not have to excuse himself to answer the call of nature and also save time.
Also, worth beholding is the toilet made of gold and silver, probably used by someone who would have loved sitting on a pot of gold! A two-storey toilet used in the US in the 1920s is also a part of the Toilet Museum.