Destination Germany: Stuttgart's Pig Museum

Alex Jilitsky / Flickr

Alex Jilitsky / Flickr

Unlike many of our travel locations, I would say that this week’s destination is not really about beauty. But as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder so you can make your own decision if pigs are beautiful.

This week our destination is in one of Germany’s very notable cities, Stuttgart. We are going to a pretty unique museum that is right off the river Neckar, das Schweine-Museum. A museum devoted to the archiving and showcasing the art and culture… of pigs.

It is said to be the largest pig museum in the entire world…. not that there are very many to compare with. It has over 50,000 different exhibits having to do with pigs from all over the planet. And it fashionably displays the art, culture, and history of pigs and man working together for the past 9000 years.

Alex Jilitsky / Flickr

Alex Jilitsky / Flickr

Let me try and paint a picture. The museum building itself is, ironically enough, a 100 year old administration building for a former slaughterhouse in the city. The museum space is about 800 square meters and there are more than 27 different pig themed areas to bask in pig glory.

Visitors learn about the zoology of pigs, history of pigs, big myths and legends, pig art from a over 2000 years ago until today, pigs in advertising, pig toys, different ways pigs live their lives, and don’t forget… pigs in dining.

You will see wonders such as conjoined twin pigs, pigs the size of a cow, different piggy banks filling entire rooms, and so, so, so much more… pig stuff.

It is a serious museum… dedicated to all things fun and pigs. Is it kitsch, I would say so but that doesn’t mean that it is not fun and exciting as well. The next time I am in Stuttgart I will be checking out the Schweine-Museum for sure.

Also, I mentioned pigs in dining. The bottom floor of the museum is a restaurant that sells… you guessed it…. quite a listing of different pork products.