New Delhi


RZ-83, Mahavir Enclave, Palam Dabri Road
110 045
Phone: 91-11-25053646
Fax: 91-11-25036122, 25034014

Sulabh International Museum Of Toilets

The Museum has a rare collection of facts, pictures and objects detailing the historic evolution of toilets from 2500 BC to date. It provides a chronological account of developments relating to technology, toilet related social customs, toilet etiquettes, prevailing sanitary conditions and legislative efforts of the times. It has an extensive display of privies, chamber pots, toilet furniture, bidets and water closets in use from 1145 AD to the modern times. It also has a rare collection of beautiful poems related to toilet or its usage or call of nature; some of them have been reproduced in this booklet.

The pictures displayed at the Museum make one aware of how the world looked like when societies did not have the benefit of water closets (W.C.) and the changes that have been brought about by its invention. Ornately carved and painted urinals and commodes attract attention and are a source of amusement to many. The pictures of medieval commodes are noteworthy. There is also a picture of a medieval mobile commode in the shape of a treasure chest, which the English used while camping out for a hunt. One could imagine the shock registered by some unsuspecting highway robbers, if they made away with such “treasure chests

Permanent Collection

Exhibits,Replicas from various parts of the world/countries with brief description of their hygienic habits. Collections from different sources.


The exhibits in the Museum are related to the toilets/habits of different parts of the world and their culture.

Previous Exhibitions


Forthcoming exhibitions




Opening hours

10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Getting there

1. Metro Rail distance from the Museum 3 kms.
2. Domestic Airport 5 kms.
3. Bus & Taxi services up to the Museum's doorstep.


Facilities for the disabled- toilets, telephone, first-aid.

Museum internal and external photos (1)

Click on the images to enlarge

News and events

1. Sanitation digest (quarterly).
2. Magazine (Sulabh India).


1. What was the reason behind establishing of the museum.
2. How was the concept of a toilet museum come up.
3. What are the research done behind the history.
4. What are the sources of the exhibits.


i. To educate students about the historical trends in the development of toilets;
ii. To provide information of researchers about the design, materials, and technologies adopted in the past and those in urse in the contemporary world;
iii. To help policy makers to understand the efforts made by their predecessors in this field throughout the world;
iv. To help the manufacturers of toilet equipment and accessories in improving their products by functioning as a technological storehouse; and
v. To help sanitation experts learn from the past and solve problems in the sanitation sector.





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