When you consider that our world is more than 70 percent water it’s surprising how little our history of water is the focus of what we preserve in our museums. However, it’s likely that the scarcity of clean drinking water in the coming decades will shift this focus and create a greater discussion around the specific quality of the world’s drinking water and how filtration systems can help.
On websites like Soft Water Filtration and Paragon Water you can find filtration systems and other solutions for water quality issues at home, but the state of the world’s drinking water is something that’s hardly ever the focal point – probably because it’s not commercial enough. Luckily though, there are some innovative European museums that do make water the center of attention. Here are a few examples to whet your appetite (pun intended).
The Museum of Water in St. Petersburg
There aren’t many museums that truly dedicate all of their time and effort to the study of water, or technology like filtration systems and plumbing that is water focused. The Museum of Water in St. Petersburg Russia is an exception to this rule. With a quick visit to their website you’ll quickly grasp what they’re all about. St. Petersburg as a city wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for its founders determination to master the water around them. That’s why it’s not surprising in this city to find a museum focused on water. If a subject’s water-related, you’ll likely find an exhibit pertaining to it here. They explore everything from dams to steam engines to toilets. It’s a unique look into an important part of our world.
A Trip to the Museo Atlantico in Lanzarote, Spain
A museum with a slightly less technical background is the Museo Atlantico in Spain, but it still has water at the center of its attractions. In fact, this is the first museum in Europe in which all of its exhibits are entirely under water. The museum consists of a series of sculptures that represent commentary on various social issues affecting our world today. What makes this site really unique, though, is that it can only be visited by divers. So if snorkeling’s not for you then you’ll have to be content with the few online pictures they have posted on their site. A trip to this underwater museum is definitely a worthwhile addition to any bucket list.
The Innovative Museum of Water in London
At the beginning of this article we talked about the scarcity of clean drinking water in some parts of our world, so it’s probably appropriate to end with a quick look at the Museum of Water in London. This is an entirely different animal to the museum of a similar name in St. Petersburg. There’s only one exhibit at this museum and it includes more than 700 samples of drinking water from around the world. Each bottle has a story behind it and that’s the focus of the exhibit. The purpose here is to draw attention to the plight of the world’s drinking water. It’s an effective approach for getting a point across. They have a great website as well as various social media accounts.