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National Poo Museum exhibits encourage excitement for excrement

By Ben Hooper
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National Poo Museum exhibits encourage excitement for excrement
Human baby poo preserved in a resin sphere for display at the National Poo Museum in Britain. Photo courtesy of the National Poo Museum

SANDOWN, England, April 4 (UPI) -- A British museum is offering those with an excitement for excrement to check out several fine fecal exhibits at National Poo Museum.

The museum, which officially opened to the public Monday on the Isle of Wight, was created by the Eccleston George artist collective using animal and human droppings donated by members of the public and the Isle of Wight Zoo and Dinosaur Isle Museum.

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The droppings are displayed in illuminated resin spheres after being preserved in a specially-designed drying machine.

"Poo is all around us and inside us, but we ignore it," co-curator Daniel Roberts told the BBC.

Another co-curator, Nigel George, said poo "provokes strong reactions" in people.

"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 said. "But for most of us, under the layers of disgust and taboo, we're still fascinated by it."

The museum is planned to remain on the Isle of Wight through the end of the summer before going on tour.

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