Sulabh International Museum of Toilets

Experience this unique museum in New Delhi curated by the man on a worldwide sanitation crusade. The International Sulabh Museum of Toilets is a museum housing a variety of toilets in a complex and aims at bringing awareness about sanitary hygiene and the current sanitary conditions in India.


Information for Visitors

Timing: 10 am to 5 pm (Sunday closed)

Location: Sulabh Bhawan, Palam Dabri Marg, New Delhi

Entry Fees: Free

About the Museum

Ever imagined yourself walking down amidst toilets of various types displayed systematically in a museum room? If not, then this one-of-a-kind museum in New Delhi will bring this picture to life. The International Sulabh Museum of Toilets may appear to be just a unique "quirky" museum at first, the notion behind its creation gets to the heart of a very real health problem in India. Located in New Delhi at the Sulabh Bhawan in Palam Dabri Marg, the museum was established by Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak in 1992 with a battle cry of "Nobody should go outside for defecation and every house in India should have a toilet".

The objective behind establishing the museum is to bring about contemporary sanitization changes in India and elevate the status of India's lowest caste, the 'untouchables'. The Sulabh Toilet Museum also throws light on the issue of lack of adequate plumbing and access to modern toilet facilities which is the cause of the demise of over half a million children every year due to defecation in the open. The museum is a small part of the so-called " Sulabh Sanitation Movement" which serves a great purpose educating people, especially the youth regarding the chronological trends in the improvement of the toilet and helping the sanitation professionals comprehend from the past and figure out the issues in the sanitation sector.

Amongst the varied range of toilets in the museum, a flush pot devised by Sir John Harrington, a French toilet that resembles a stack of books, an English toilet that looks like a treasure chest, Victorian toilet seats, Golden commodes, bidet, a copy of the toilet of King Louis XIV used by him to defecate while still in the court, etc. are some of the highlights in the museum. Incorporating the notion of imparting awareness and information to the general public about the ancient methods of hygiene and sanitation, social traditions related to toilets, toilet etiquette, the current sanitary circumstances, and legislative endeavors, the International Sulabh Museum of Toilets successfully recites the anecdote of the progression of toilets through decades and is a must-visit place for all people.

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