Museum Of Toilet History – Recently when writing about the statue of a peeing boy in Helsinki, I pondered whether or not Europe has a highly unusual curiosity towards public urination. Well, it turns out they have a fascination towards toilets too, and at the Museum of Toilet History in Kyiv, you can learn all about toilets throughout the ages and even see some reconstructed examples.
Toilets Throughout The Ages At The Museum Of Toilet History
As the name implies, the Museum Of Toilet History examines the history of toilets from Primitive Society, Antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the 17 – 20th centuries, to Modernity. Further featured in the museum are toilet inspired pieces of art and the largest collection of toilet themed souvenirs in the world (with more than 600 pieces!). The Museum even nabbed recognition from the Guinness World Records for that unique claim to fame.
The Museum of Toilet History is set in the 19th century Kyiv Fortress and was founded in 2006 by a Ukrainian couple, Nikolay and Marina Bogdanenko. The couple, who used to work in the plumbing industry, decided to start the museum and fill it with items they’d collected from their various trips around the world. In 2013, the duo even published a 521 page book called, World History of Toilets.
Who would visit such a museum, other than people like me who love all things weird and offbeat? Well, plenty of people visit this curious little location, as the museum attracts more than 1,000 visitors per month.
The Evolution Of Toilets At The Museum Of Toilet History
What can you expect as your take a tour through toilet history? You’ll see what toilets looked like 5000 years ago, learn how public toilets became places to socialise and make deals, and view a toilet built on sketches from Leonardo da Vinci himself. It doesn’t stop there – you’ll also spot old porcelain chamber pots, read about the invention of toilet paper in China, be treated to some interesting works of art, and what’s more, get a glimpse of more than 600 knick knacks all related to the great commode.
After you buy your ticket, a guide will take you through the exhibit, briefly telling you about each one and answering any questions you might have. It’s hard not to giggle when you find out that a man who significantly contributed to the advancement of toilet technology had a name like Thomas Crapper. After the tour, you’ll watch some short and humorous clips that instruct you how to properly position yourself when you use the facilities, as well as a review of some funny toilets around the world.
Toilets As Art At The Museum of Toilet History
Souvenir Collection At The Museum Of Toilet History
Last but not least, you’ll have a chance to peruse the loads and loads of toilet themed souvenirs like magnets, ash trays, soap dispensers, and more.
Take A Virtual Tour Of The Museum Of Toilet History
To get a feel for what the museum is really like, check out this video from eurasia.net.
Would you visit the Museum Of Toilet History? Are there any other weird and offbeat things you recommend seeing in Kyiv? Let us know in the comments.
Good To Know
2) A regular ticket will fetch you 50 грн (UAH), less than €2. The price includes access to the museum, a guided tour, and some short video clips about toilets. You’ll need to pay in cash, as they don’t accept electronic forms of payment. You can also take pictures in the museum and there is no extra fee to take photos.
3) Tours are given in different languages, including English. All major pieces throughout the museum have an accompanying English description as well.
4) The museum is close to the Klovskaya metro station.
6) Get to know Kyiv even better via a guided tour:
7) Book your hotel in Kyiv:
8) If you prefer a more local apartment experience, consider Airbnb. First time users can use this link to get a €34 travel credit.
9) Ukraine is a big country which can take a lot of time to explore – why not rent a car and see it on your own terms?
10) If you like weird and offbeat statues or sites, read these other blog posts:
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Museum of Toilet History
Рибальська вул., 22, Kyiv, Ukraine, 01011
+380 44 499 3161
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