Even though we are based in Arizona, our interest in plumbing goes far beyond the borders of our great state. In fact, if you ever find yourself in Worcester, Massachusetts, find some time to stop by The Plumbing Museum. Yes! There is an actual museum filled with antique sinks, bathtubs, and of course, toilets!
The history of The Plumbing Museum is just as interesting as the contents inside. Throughout the 1950s, a man by the name of Charles Manoog began collecting a wide variety of household plumbing items. Although we don’t know where he found the room to house all of these extra, particularly large items, his son opened the American Sanitary Plumbing Museum in 1979, and filled the space with everything his father had collected over the years. Many of the items even date back to as far the eighteenth century! Other than the items mentioned above, the museum also showcases the evolution of toilet paper, plumbing catalogs, and everything else you could possible imagine related to plumbing.
Ever since Manoog’s son Russel and his wife passed the museum into the hands of another family, the museum has been a “must see” not only to those invested in plumbing and the history of plumbing, but also those interested in technology, innovation, and art.
Aside from an impressive collection of plumbing related antiques, The Plumbing Museum also hosts a number of local, Massachusetts artists throughout the year as part of their Manoog Family Artist Residency Program.
The Plumbing Museum continues to stay alive and active, as the new owners constantly express their love for the history of plumbing by visiting manufacturers around the country, including a visit to Kohler Co. located in Wisconsin.
The Plumbing Museum is open seven days a week, and closed for holidays. You can visit this amazing museum the next time you’re in the area. It is located at 80 Rosedale Road in Watertown, MA 02471.
We hope that we’ll be able to visit soon!