Strange and Unusual Museums of History

By | October 23, 2018

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Sulabh International Museum of Toilets

There are some strange kinds of museums in the world. Some are humorous while others can be creepy or just plain mysterious. Here are just a few of them.

A very strange and funny item to have a museum for, but what is not so funny is that sanitation and good hygiene is a big problem for India. Probably the only toilet museum in the world, this one is located in New Delhi, India. It’s not a very big museum for these toilets, but certainly a big idea because where we would be without toilets? Out of over a billion people in the country, 60% of them are forced to use the “bathroom” out in the open because they have no safe, private toilets. Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak created a pay-to-use public toilet for use in a small village in Patna, Bihar. People laughed at first but not anymore. Over 15 million people all over the country now use those public toilets made by Sulabh International, which is a non-profit organization that he founded. Their mission is to promote and provide sanitation habits and toilets in the major cities, as well as the villages in the nation. This museum shows the history of the toilet system from around the world to include chamberpots, toilet furniture, toilet etiquette, and much more. The history goes back 5,000 years ago. One of the most popular items is a flush pot created by Sir John Harrington in 1596, who was a courtier of Queen Elizabeth I. King Louis XIII had one hidden, underneath his throne, where he used to relieve himself while in court.

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INS Kurusura Submarine Museum

The submarine named INS Kurusura was in service from December of 1969 until February of 2001, a total of 31 years, in the Indian Navy. Playing a key role in not only the Indo-Pakistani War but this submarine also took part in naval exercises with other nations. After her 31 year service, she was preserved and placed on RK Beach in Visakhapatnam, as a museum for the public to view. Opening in 2002 as a museum, it is the first submarine museum in South Asia. During its first four months of opening, it had 93,000 people visit and by August of 2008, around 1.5 million people had visited it.