A visitor examines the reinvented toilet on the ramp of the Discovery Center.

A Better Way to Go

Toilets and the Future of Sanitation

Opening late February 2023

Nearly 250 years after the invention of the flush toilet, 3.5 billion people—almost half the world’s population—have no choice but to use unsafe toilets and sanitation facilities. For the population that lives above sewers, the infrastructure is aging fast, prone to overflow, and wasteful. And everywhere, our sanitation systems will be tested by climate change.  

But we are closer than ever to building a world where safe sanitation services are a basic human right enjoyed by everyone. Featuring fascinating technologies, compelling interactives, and art installations, A Better Way to Go: Toilets and the Future of Sanitation will highlight toilets of the future and other innovations. Powerful stories will bring visions of resilient and sustainable sanitation solutions that can advance progress on this critical issue and save lives. The exhibition will also explore many Gates Foundation–funded efforts that address both the root causes and the symptoms of the inequities in sanitation—with the goal of protecting the health and dignity of everyone, no matter where we live.