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International Museum Of Toilets now officially weird, unusual

Vaishali Bhambri, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 23, 2013
First Published: 16:48 IST(23/4/2013) | Last Updated: 01:12 IST(24/4/2013)

The International Museum Of Toilets that is housed in Delhi’s Palam area, has made it to the list of the Top 10 ‘Weird and Unusual’ museums in the world. The list, compiled by a travel portal, also includes the Witch Museum in Salem and the International Spy Museum in Washington DC.

Inaugurated in 1992, the museum houses a collection of toilet seats from different eras. “It is indeed a very unusual museum as it’s the only one of its kind in the world. A highlight of the museum is the replica of the throne of King Louis the XIV. The king is believed to have used this to defecate while conducting court sessions,” says Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of the NGO Sulabh International, who has conceptualised the museum.

Replica of the throne of King Louis the XIV (L); a view of the musuem

The list features nine other museums from across the world. “Research by our team resulted in this list. We have been curating content related to travel for the past 13 years,” says Varun Chadha of Journeymart.com. “The museums are being called weird in a fun way. Each museum is unique and can’t be compared to one another. Interestingly, though Delhi houses this museum, the ratio of a person to a toilet is really low here,” adds Chadha.

Also on the top 10 list
The Witch Museum, Salem
The International Spy Museum, Washington DC
Celebrity Lingerie Hall of Fame, Los Angeles
Celebrity Hair Museum, Missouri
The Chocolate Museum, Cologne, Germany


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