A Tasmanian museum, but not the sort you might expect

Let’s talk about poo

Poo, farts, toilets – they’re such popular topics for jokes. But there is a serious and scientific side too. At the Pooseum, we like to think of ourselves as poo-ologists, having decided to get to the bottom of the matter. Far from presenting toilet humour, we are on a serious mission to educate visitors about the fascinating world of poo.

The Pooseum offers more than 50 information panels and 25 videos on touch screens. In the Digestion Room, visitors can learn about the digestive systems of carnivores, herbivores and omnivores, and compare the 3D anatomy models of a range of animals. Visitors are invited to guess “Who is the Poopetrator” with a display of droppings from Australian animals. Children love the PooTube videos, kids’ corner, dinosaur poo, farting machine, elephant scales and other interactive displays. The Pootrid Shop offers a wide range of educational books, gifts and other poo related products.

Pooseum Richmond Tasmania

Tasmanian Museum | Pooseum Richmond Exhibit

What to Expect

Lots and lots of information on animal poo! For example, you will learn

  • why not every poo smells nasty
  • how dung from farms and zoos is used to produce electricity
  • why a dog in Queensland tracks koala poo
  • how Canadian owls use poo to catch their dinner
  • why looking like bird poo is life-saving
  • how bats avoid soiling themselves
  • why you shouldn’t walk barefoot on a tropical beach
  • how vanillin can be produced from cow dung
  • why South Africans put antelope droppings in their mouth
  • how some insect larvae kill termites with their farts
  • why Amazon in India sells cowpats online
  • how driverless cars can become disabled by bird poo
  • why a table in an English museum is made from poo
  • how long it takes an elephant to defecate
  • why some beetle larvae have a telescopic anus
  • and much, much more