Sulabh International Museum of Toilets – Delhi, India
With a history going back to 2,500 BC, the Museum of Toilets documents the varying incarnations of the one of the world’s most vital intentions and THE most necessary household device. Founded by Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, the museum was originally devised to educate both policy makers and the people of Delhi to encourage them to work together to solve the area’s sanitary issues.
It’s currently located in Sulabh International’s premises, with Sulabh aptly being a non-profit dedicated to human rights, environmental sanitation and waste management. The toilet is of practical concern in Delhi. While rural sanitation coverage has increased from 1% in 1980 to 21% in 2008, the area still has a lot of room for improvement.
Museum of Medieval Torture Devices – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam has long been known for its openness to heterodox lifestyles, and the Museum of Medieval Torture Devices is just another affirmation of that. Looking like a series of dungeons straight out of a Middle Ages castle, this museum boasts over 100 torture and interrogation devices throughout history. Tourists view and take pictures of themselves in often humorous poses, with fiendish inventions like the iron maiden, judas chair, Catherine Wheels and Scold’s bridle, all of which were used to torture and kill unlucky and unseemly citizens hundreds (and even thousands) of years ago.
Shinyokohama Ramen Museum – Yokohama, Japan
As rich in sodium as they are in form, Ramen noodles have been a central food item in Japan for centuries and a college diet staple for a handful of decades. In most places, this quick and cheap meal seldom gets a second thought from its consumers.
That isn’t the case in Yokohama, Japan, where an entire museum is dedicated to ramen and, more generally, instant noodles. This culinary-themed museum consists of nine shops, an interactive display of all instant noodle types from around the world, as well as a miniature streetscape replica of Japan in 1958—the year the world’s first instant ramen was invented.