A staff member wearing a poo-shaped hat poses at a toilet exhibition at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo on July 9, 2014.
A staff member wearing a poo-shaped hat poses at a toilet exhibition at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo on July 9, 2014.Toru Yamanaka—AFP/Getty Images
A staff member wearing a poo-shaped hat poses at a toilet exhibition at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo on July 9, 2014.
Children play at the 5-meter-tall toilet shaped slider during the 'Toilet!? Human Waste and Earth's Future' exhibition at The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation - Miraikan on July 5, 2014 in Tokyo.
A child wearing a poo-shaped hat gets up from a giant toilet slide at a toilet exhibition at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo on July 9, 2014.
A woman walks past a choir of toilets that sing to thank visitors for putting in the effort of trying to learn more about what is normally a taboo topic of sitting on them, at an exhibition titled "Toilet !? Human Waste and Earth's Future" at the Miraikan National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo July 3, 2014.
A staff member wearing a poo-shaped hat poses at a toilet exhibition at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Inno
... VIEW MORE

Toru Yamanaka—AFP/Getty Images
1 of 4

Don a Poo-Shaped Hat and Go Down a Toilet Slide at This Weird Museum Exhibit

Jul 10, 2014

A new exhibit hopes to remove the taboo of "potty talk" — or flush it away — to raise awareness about pressing sewage disposal issues worldwide, as the UN estimates 2.5 billion people globally do not have access to proper sanitation.

People who visit The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo don hats shaped like poop and go down a slide inside a giant toilet that is supposed to simulate the journey of human excrement. Models of different toilets around the globe are also on display.

As one visitor summed up the show's draw, "It's not every day that you can become feces."

The exhibit is open until Oct. 5.

All products and services featured are based solely on editorial selection. TIME may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website.