April 5, 2016

Gross Business: World’s First Poop Museum Opens In England

Gross Business: World's First Poop Museum Opens In England

A museum dedicated to excrement, with examples from the animal and human world, has opened to the public.

The exhibition at the Isle of Wight Zoo features faeces from animals such as elks and lions as well as a human baby.

The National Poo Museum has been created by members of the artist collective Eccleston George.

“Poo is all around us and inside us, but we ignore it,” said co-curator Daniel Roberts.

Gross Business: World's First Poop Museum Opens In EnglandGross Business: World's First Poop Museum Opens In England

Twenty illuminated resin spheres show off the different types of faeces with facts hidden behind toilet lids on the museum walls.

Samples of faeces have been gathered from around the world as well as donations received from the Isle of Wight Zoo and Dinosaur Isle museum.

The display also includes fossilised poo (coprolites) dating back 140 million years as well as a tawny owl pellet containing bones and teeth.

It also covers issues such as dog mess and the lack of access to sanitation in developing countries.

Nigel George, one of the exhibition’s curators, said the subject “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,” he said.

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