National Poo Museum Opens At Isle of Wight Zoo

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A museum dedicated to poo has opened its doors to the public for the very first time in the UK, at the Isle of Wight Zoo.

The National Poo Museum exhibits faeces from the animal and human kingdoms.

poo ITV reports:

The National Poo Museum has been created by members of the artist collective Eccleston George and features illuminated resin spheres to show off the different types of poo

Various interesting facts are also hidden behind retro toilet lids which line the museum’s walls.

The display also includes fossilised poo (coprolites) dating back 140 million years, a tawny owl pellet containing bones and teeth as well as a child’s shoe soiled on by a cat.poo

The exhibition’s curators have said their mission “change forever the way we think about this amazing substance”.

Poo provokes strong reactions. Small children naturally delight in it but later we learn to avoid this yucky, disease-carrying stuff, and that even talking about poo is bad.

But for most of us, under the layers of disgust and taboo, we’re still fascinated by it.


Co-curator Daniel Roberts said one of the aims of the exhibition is also highlight important poo-related issues, “from dog mess to the effects of diet on the microbiome, to lack of access to sanitation in developing countries”.poo

He also explained the efforts his team had to go through for their cause.

“To prepare the faeces we had to build a special poo-drying machine. A stick insect poo can be desiccated completely in an hour or so, but a lion poo can take a fortnight to dry out.”

The Belfast Telegraph takes a closer look:

1 Comment

  1. The giftshop must be filled with novelty toilet paper. But honestly it’s not so long ago till the 70ies the Hotels in Europe would still have bed pans under each bed. Indoor plumbing is common since the 50ies so it’s quite fast.From the past where people used newspaper or cooked old rags to wash their behinds. In Germany they had since 1900 the museum’s of Hygiene they are dedicated to teach. Many humans don’t know basic thing’s like we are all 9 months in “fruitwater” but this is in reality urine, fresh urine was used since medival times to desinfect. As fresh urine is sterile. In the mountain regions of Switzerland people heated in winter with dried cow fecies. Dogs in Africa main nutrition is human fecies.
    And people eat the dog’s again. I hope they ever bring back full porcelain toilets in nice colours i have enough of the white depression. They removed even the last colours as beige.

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