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04/04/2016 06:39 pm ET Updated Apr 04, 2016

This British Poo Museum Is Literally Full Of Crap

"Poo provokes strong reactions."
Dan Roberts, a curator for the National Poo Museum, holds a resin-encapsulated horse poo ready for display.
Poo Museum
Dan Roberts, a curator for the National Poo Museum, holds a resin-encapsulated horse poo ready for display.

A newly opened museum in Great Britain is promising to get to the bottom of bowel movements.

The National Poo Museum opened last week at the Isle of Wight Zoo.

Visitors can see excrement-oriented exhibits such as feces from more than 20 different animals, including elks, lions and a human baby, and even fossilized poo (or coprolites) dating back 140 million years, according to the BBC.

There are more than 20 different types of waste on display, including this sample of human baby poo.
National Poo Museum
There are more than 20 different types of waste on display, including this sample of human baby poo.

Nigel George, one of the crap curators, says the reason for doing a museum dedicated to doody is simple: "Poo 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 told the Hartlepool Mail. "But for most of us, under the layers of disgust and taboo, we're still fascinated by it."

This sample of fox poop is enclosed in a resin ball so there is no odor.
National Poo Museum
This sample of fox poop is enclosed in a resin ball so there is no odor.

To make sure the museum's poo didn't stink, the curators had to build a special dung dryer, said co-curator Daniel Roberts.

"A stick insect poo can be desiccated completely in an hour or so, but a lion poo can take a fortnight to dry out," Roberts said, according to NDTV.com.

Poo Museum curators created a special poo-drying machine for all the samples.
National Poo Museum
Poo Museum curators created a special poo-drying machine for all the samples.

The National Poo Museum will be at the Isle of Wight Zoo through the summer before going on tour.

Although it's billed as the first-ever museum devoted to number two, that statement may have been made in the flush of publicity.

Turns out Italy opened one last year in the small town of Castelbosco, according to the media company Milk.

In addition, back in 2012, the city of Suwon, South Korea, opened Mr. Toilet House, a museum and park that features statues of humans and animals going to the bathroom, according to Kotaku.com. 

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the National Poo Museum was the first dedicated to poop.

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