Unko Museum: Japan’s Poo Museum Heads to Hiroshima

27.June.2021 | SPOT

The poop-themed Unko Museum is heading to Hiroshima Marina Hop for a limited time from July 17 to September 12. The museum has been around both inside and outside Japan since 2019. It has popped up in Yokohama, Tokyo, ShanghaiFukuoka, and online.

 

The museum is an educational facility that teaches visitors (also called poopers at the museum) everything they ever wanted (or didn’t want) to know about poo.


All the classic installations and facilities are making an appearance including the poop-spurting Unko Volcano, the Poopteractive Area which is filled with games, the Poopogenic Area which is covered in cute sparkly poo decorations, and more.

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