Rossignol Cultural Centre general manager TammyTheriau holds a first place winner in the Outhouse Museum. Mill Village Elementary Grade 1 student, Finley Smith, with helper Morgan Smith, won with his spiderman outhouse entry in a Student Art Fair earlier this year. The model is one of 3,000 outhouse related items that drew many visitors to the museum this year. Carla Allen photo
A Liverpool museum that evolved from a society originally established for fun in 1994 continues to be a hit with visitors.
Photographer Sherman Hines spent two years planning the Rossignol Cultural Centre, the complex in which the Outhouse Museum is located. His website describes the growth of the site out of the Outhouse Museum Preservation Society.
Hines acquired his first outhouse in 1980 and collected 11 by the time he found a home for them at the Outhouse Museum at the Rossignol Cultural Centre.
The museum, with over 3000 artifacts and collectibles remains the most popular stop at the centre.
General manager Tammy Theriau says most visitors can’t believe there actually is a museum dedicated to outhouses.
Once inside, she’s seen skepticism revive when others jokingly direct those in need of a washroom, to the outhouse in the center of the room. “The public washroom is at the back of the room (it also has an outhouse door),” laughs Theriau. “If you’re going to use that one I’ll get you the mop and a bucket,” she’s told them.
Children are especially entertained. “The kids come in here saying ‘Cool!’ Well, they really were cool (as in cold),” said Theriau. “And there were lots of spiders too.”
She added that more local people are visiting the museum and that an annual contest for students remained popular.