Museums have exhibit space, and they have restrooms. But why not use restrooms as exhibit space, even if just for an image or two on the wall?
The Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park doesn’t have any animals living in the restroom, but visitors can learn about animals’ “bathroom” habits by reading panels on the walls. After learning about this aspect of lobsters and naked mole-rats, visitors read at the bottom of the poster where they can see these animals at the Zoo.
At the Newseum, the walls of the facilities display real newspaper bloopers, corrections, and headlines with unintentional double entendres. I recently heard a visitor say, “It’s hard to leave the bathroom with all those bloopers!”
The Textile Museum washroom has a whimsical border comprised of textile-related terms:
Cylburn Arboretum promotes its message of conservation throughout the grounds, including in the restrooms, which use composting toilets and provide information on how they work.
And the art doesn’t stop at the restroom door at the Torpedo Factory. Inside are unique tiles that include these kitties:
What are your favorite museum restrooms?