There are at least 3 museums in the world whose primary focus is the Toilet. The museums in South Korea and India seem to be more comprehensive than the one in Austria, but both are secondary to the work the founders have done to improve public toilets. The museum in the United States focuses on all aspects of plumbing.
Mr. Toilet House, South Korea
When he was mayor of Suwan, South Korea, Sim Jae-duck started a campaign to improve the city’s public toilets and played a major role in the formation of the World Toilet Organization. To celebrate the birth of the World Toilet Organization he had a new house built that looked like a toilet.
After he died, his family gave the house to the city of Suwan and is now open to the public as Mr. Toilet House, Suwan’s Toilet Culture Exhibition Hall. Exhibits at the Museum include:
- Conventional Toilet and Improvement Project
- Mecca of Toilet Culture Movement
- Interesting Toilet Story
- For the Splendid Toilets Around the World
Museum of Toilets, India
The Sulabh International Museum of Toilets in New Delhi, India was established to educate and to help improve sanitation standards. 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.
The founder of the museum has received awards from Pope John Paul II, the President of India, the United Nations, and the World Health Organization for his work improving access to sanitation in India.
|One of the many Sulabh Toilets spread all across India
Museum for Historical Sanitation Objects, Austria
Museum für historische Sanitärobjekte in Gmunden, Austria has over 300 items on display. There isn’t much information on the website which is in German. It’s rated #9 of 20 things to do in Gmunden on Trip Advisor.
This photo of Klo & So – Museum fur historische Sanitarobjekte is courtesy of TripAdvisor
The American Sanitary Plumbing Museum, United States
Charles Manoog began collecting antique commodes in the 1950s. His son established The American Sanitary Plumbing Museum (aka The Toilet Museum) for these items in 1979 in Worcester, Massachusetts.
I lived in Worcester from 1964-1972. If the museum would have been there then, I would have seen these items.
In 2007, items in the museum’s collection were moved to Watertown and are included along with sinks and tubs at The Plumbing Museum.