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Quebec museum exhibit to wade into the history and potential of human waste

Last Updated Jun 16, 2021 at 11:17 am PDT

The Musée de la civilisation will open a very bold exhibition, entitled Oh Shit! - part of the exhibit us shown in this handout image. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Musée de la civilisation*MANDATORY CREDIT*

Quebec’s museum of civilization has announced its newest exhibit will tackle one of society’s messiest subjects: human excrement.

The Musée de la civilisation in Quebec City says the upcoming exhibit titled “‘Oh Shit!” will explore all the facets of human waste, which it describes as “the world’s most underrated, limitless resource.”

The museum says in a press release that the exhibit will explore humans’ complex relationship with excrement, as well as the challenges of waste management and the health problems caused by poor sanitation around the world.

Ultimately, the institution says it will explore the potential uses of human waste as a sustainable resource to preserve the planet’s future. 

The exhibit will include interactive elements including video games on fecal-matter management and a recreation of a collective toilet from Roman antiquity, complete with cleaning sticks.

The exhibition is scheduled to open Thursday and run until March 26, 2023.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 16, 2021.

The Canadian Press