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The only museum devoted to indoor plumbing



he only museum devoted to indoor plumbing, the Plumbing Museum has antique toilet fixtures, a 19th-century wooden two-seat outhouse, sitz baths, antique toilet paper, even a urinal designed for women. (That one didn’t catch on.) It also has plumbing tools, a 1920s version of a dishwasher, a prison toilet, and a piece of the wooden underground water main that supplied water from Jamaica Pond to central Boston in the 17th century, all in an historic onetime icehouse. The gift shop sells such classic books as Flushed with Pride: The Story of Thomas Crapper.



In 1829, Boston’s Tremont Hotel became the first in the country to have indoor plumbing, with eight bathrooms in the basement. The water came from a tank on the roof.

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