Sulabh International Museum of Toilets

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Timings : 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Closed on Sundays

Time Required : 1 - 2 hrs

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Sulabh International Museum of Toilets, Delhi Overview

Home to umpteen monuments of historical importance, awe-striking places of heritage and breathtakingly beauteous locales, Delhi always has yet more new surprises in store. One such asset is Sulabh International Museum of Toilets, built in 1992 by Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak (a social activist) and titled as one of the weirdest museum in the world by Time magazine. Established with the objective to address the global history of sanitation and toilets, the museum is anything but mundane and is a source of amusement to many. With a plethora of exhibits accumulated from over 50 countries and ranging from ornately carved toilets to painted urinals and related anecdotes, the repository brings to you the entire history of toilets from 3000 BC to the 20th century, meticulously arranged in three sections of Ancient, Medieval and Modern.

The museum is an absolute delight to visit; it has exhibits and items displaying the transition in the toilet related technology, sanitation habits, hygiene etiquettes and the like. What makes the entire depository even more attractive is the tiny piece of toilet poetry latched to the specimens on the display boards. Among the many chamber pots, Victorian toilet seats, golden commodes, bidet, toilet furniture and privies; the most fascinating is the copy of the toilet of King Louis XIV believed to have been used by the king to defecate while still in court. The museum is flocked by tourists from all over India and across the world owing to its rare displays and weird concept. Lately, the cleanliness drive by our Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the very famous Bollywood movie (Toilet- Ek Prem Katha) escalated the popularity of this rare museum.

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Most Interesting Displays at Sulabh International Museum of Toilets

1. A copy of the toilet of King Louis XIV which is believed to have been used by the king to defecate while still in court.
2. A copy of a chamber pot in the form of treasure chest from the British period.
3. A lavatory camouflaged in the form of a bookshelf.
4. Technological data from Russia to NASA about the technique of converting urine into potable water.
5. Commodes made of gold and silver used by the Roman emperors.
6. The sewerage system during the Harappan Civilization.
7. Historical facts and data from the Lothal archaeological site on the development of toilets and sanitation facilities during the Indus Valley Civilization.
8. Information about flush pot designed in 1596 by Sir John Harington during Queen Elizabeth I's regime.

Sections at Sulabh International Museum of Toilets

The museum has been meticulously divided into three sections depicting the evolution of toilets in the last five thousand years right from the Harappan Settlements to the end of 20th century.
1. Ancient
This gallery depicts the sanitation facilities, wells, bathing tanks, underground drains, soak-pits and toilets used in the excavated sites of Harappa, Mohenjodaro, Lothal and Dholavira. Besides,, it also has copies of relics from ancient civilizations of Egypt, Babylon, Crete, Jerusalem, Greece and Rome.
2. Medieval
The medieval era marked the luxury and opulence of the kings and queens. The gallery therefore, showcases the luxuriant toilet models from the Amber Fort of Jaipur, Akbar’s Fort in Fatehpur-Sikri near Agra, Gingee Fort of Tamilnadu and Golconda Fort of Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. The international collection has table-top toilet of England and exuberant stones studded pot of Queen Victoria.
3. Modern
This section is the most recent addition to the museum, which has a collection of toilet related jokes, cartoons and photographs. Among the many models from the modern age are the toy-commode from China, mobile toilet of Sulabh, electric toilet from USA and the model of the world’s biggest toilet complex at Shirdi in Maharashtra.

Tips For Visiting Sulabh International Museum of Toilets

1. The museum facilitates a volunteer to guide the visitors.
2. It also provides museum guide books and related literature.

How To Reach Sulabh International Museum of Toilets

Sulabh Toilet Museum can be a bit hard to find. It is housed in Sulabh Bhavan in Mahavir Enclave. The nearest metro route can either be Uttam Nagar East or Dwarka Sector 9. After getting down from Uttar Nagar metro, you will have to take another state bus no. 761, 881 or 901 to reach here.Or if you get down at Dwarka Sector 9 metro, you will have to take bus no. 877, 801 or 794 to reach to the museum. Alternatively, you can also take a can or an auto.

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Renu Bansal

on Sulabh International Museum of Toilets 4 years ago
If you want to know about the history of toilets, this is the best place. The staff describes all the thing about the toilet types and history. You can visit Bio Gas Plant also in this museum they sh (Read More)ows you how to make water for reflush and how to make energy from Bio Gas.
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