It all began back in 2003, when we finished the extensive reconstruction of the Třebotov fortress. Our goal was to preserve all of its valuable architectural details. One of them was the remains of the stone toilet, called a privet and the other one was the baroque extension, which was equipped with a dry toilet with a sump. These two architectural details associated with this common human need intrigued us so much that we decided to collect items made for this purpose in different historical periods and thus map their history and development.
We started to look on two levels. The first, and as it turned o ut the more difficult of the two, was to obtain written information. Throughout the history of human development, mapped and investigated by a number of scientists and historians, and described by poets and writers, not much documentation could be found that would take a closer look at the evolution of these intimate and natural human activities. It is shrouded in a peculiar taboo, being something that is usually not mentioned in polite company.
The second level of our investigation involved finding, buying and sorting the relevant objects themselves. This was much easier compared to collecting the written information. We visited antique shops, thrift stores and even auction houses, and bid on items on the Internet. Occasionally, we were offered items by friends and people aware of our museum.
The collection currently comprises around 2,000 exhibits and it is the largest of its kind in the world!!!
We exhibit chamber pots of different shapes, materials and uses in our collection. Furthermore, we have toilet chests, chairs, tabourets, coach closets and even painted water closets. From ordinary to magnificent and precious gems with their history, from America to Australia. You can see the chamber pots made for Napoleon Bonaparte, the Titanic, the Lincoln Bedroom at the White House, the Chinese Emperor Qianlong, colonial silver chamber pot, the chamber pot of Countess Mathilda Nostitzs, as well as a special collection of urinals, ladies' Bourdaloue chamber pots, French wedding chamber pots and pots for dolls. The collection also contains literature, newspaper and internet articles, postcards, paintings and many other curiosities like flushers, toilet paper and miniatures.
Visitor interest motivated us to move the collection from the Třebotov fortress to the cultural and historical center of Prague in 2014.
Our purpose is to show the artistic and utilitarian value of the items themselves as well as to rid the whole area of human waste management of its taboo and to bring it to the public as a neglected part of human culture.
We hope that our exhibition attracts, entertains and even educates visitors, though, as we say, "it's really all about shi..."