On British Island, Poo Museum Is Now Open

With a grand debut at the island's zoo, the museum is set to go on tour this summer
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2016 9:33 AM CDT
On British Island, Poo Museum Is Now Open
Museum curator Dan Roberts shows horse poo encapsulated in resin for the museum's display.   (National Poo Museum)

There is a museum for just about anything these days, and now, thanks to some pioneering folks in the UK, even those with poop fixations can get their fix thanks to the grand opening of the National Poo Museum at the Isle of Wight Zoo. The samples of feces range from scant insect excrement to gigantic elk and lion poo, as well as the doodoo of a human baby, reports the BBC. The museum even includes fossilized feces dating back some 38 million years, reports Mental Floss, and also covers the more metaphorically gross side of dung, such as the diseases spread without toilets or proper sanitation.

In an innovative display that required a custom built drying contraption, the crap curators have placed the fetid samples in illuminated resin spheres that include related facts hidden behind toilet lids. And while it's billed as the first-ever museum devoted to poop, Huffington Post has tracked down two similarly themed endeavors, including a poop museum that opened in Italy last year and the one and only Mr. Toilet House in South Korea, which features statues of an assortment of mammals doing number two. Curator Nigel George, meanwhile, tells the BBC that "small children naturally delight" in the topic while "for most of us, under the layers of disgust and taboo, we're still fascinated by it." (What does a unicorn have to do with poop, anyway?)

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