Friday, 20 July 2018

The Pooseum--a new museum for Richmond

The Pooseum: where talking about poo is not taboo

Tasmania welcomes a new sort of museum. Enter The Pooseum, declaring itself as the first science museum dedicated solely to animal scats, opened its doors in the historic village of Richmond, Tasmania in July. The museum aims for a strong educational focus, displaying 12 large information panels, 32 smaller panels on a wide range of specific topics, and three screens with educational videos on topics such as how electricity can be produced from dung, and how collecting the droppings of endangered animals helps protect their habitat. In the Digestion Room visitors can learn about the digestive system of carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. 

A large touch screen shows 3D models of the digestive tracts of 10 different animals. Exhibits include fossilised dinosaur poo (coprolites), the skulls of a Siberian tiger and a kangaroo, and a photo book with pictures of scats of animals from around the world. A large display with real scats of Australian animals gives visitors the opportunity to guess which animals dropped them.

Where: 22 Bridge St Richmond


When: 9.30am to 4.30pm Wednesday to Sunday