Museum History

At the first time, the museum opened the door for its visitors in September 2007, hence its age, as for the museum, is not just small - comparing with most museums of our city, we can speak about the existence of this institution, as its true "museum childhood". And to the children, as we are accustomed to, our attitude is usually special - from whom, not from them, we expect mischief or trickery? Actually, the mere creation of a museum devoted to such a "delicate" topic can already be perceived as a kind of trick. However, it should be noted that the museums on toiletry have long existed in the United Kingdom, India, Singapore, South Korea, the USA, Germany, Austria, Japan, and even in Russia, since this topic leaves much space for research on history and culture, art and design, medicine and hygiene, and even the history of technology and even - high technology! And this will surely make sure everyone who visits the museum.

The exhibition of the Museum of the toilet history is represented by two groups of exhibits: the first one includes the collection of souvenir toilets, bedpans and toilettes that is not only included in the "National Register of Records of Ukraine", but also has the Guinness Book of World Records certificate as “The largest collection of souvenir toilet-related items in the world”; the second group consists of original objects, replicas, models, paintings, artistic works and informative materials illustrating the main stages of the development of the human culture of mankind - from ancient times to the present.

During a tour of the museum, the visitor learns a lot of historical details, which are often due to the "delicacy" themes, were released during school history lessons. In fact: do many of us know how our distant ancestors did their natural needs? What were the places of prayer in the settlements of the primitive man? When did she, the man, first built a toilet? And is it not from the moment of the awareness of the need to create this subject, can we first speak of the appearance of Man as such? Unfortunately, even for historians and archaeologists, this topic is still everywhere covered with white spots. However, we still know a little bit - and we are pleased to tell the guests the museum, which was the crazy popularity of the first public toilets of the inhabitants of Ancient Rome, why the medieval toilets were called "wardrobes", or why in the Renaissance, ordinary potter trips turned into real "throne meetings".

The history has saved many interesting facts, customs and even some savory details related to the topic of toilet culture. But first and foremost, history gives us the lessons that we have learned that we can move forward to build on a truly highly developed society. And vice versa - if you ignore these lessons, you can find yourself in a place where you will smell badly - literally. History shows an example of the cycles of human development: the destruction of civilizations, the fall of the general cultural level in a given society inevitably reflected in the development of a culture of hygiene. Bright illustration can be an example of modern India, about the problems of sanitation, which is known even to the child. However, far from everyone is guessing that the Indus valley civilization has been two and a half thousand years BC gave to mankind the toilets and perhaps not the first in the history of mankind, the sewage system. This example, unfortunately, is not the only one, therefore, the museum's founders constantly emphasize: the human culture of mankind is the basis without which civilization development is simply impossible.

Awareness of this truth is more than ever important for our today's society. After listening to the tour, visitors to the museum will find out how to solve the problems of access to the toilet in the air, in the water or space, will be able to see the Japanese "toilet miracle" of technology, which will make for its visitor almost everything, including not only a bidet and a hairdryer, and even laboratory tests, as well as disappointing facts: even in the 21st century, mankind has not yet learned to be grateful to nature, to save its resources, to take care of the purity of the environment.

In order to solve these problems, civil society organizations, museum institutions and educational institutions are being created around the world. In Singapore, the World Toilet Organization (WTO) was established in Singapore in 2001, which aims to promote and coordinate sanitation decisions, research, study of issues related to the improvement of aesthetics and toilette functionality, the establishment of new toilets standards in developed and developing countries, the exchange of the latest ideas in the field of modern technologies, etc.