I didn’t want to miss piggy!

It sounds odd, but this is no porkie. The world’s largest pig museum is right here in Stuttgart, and it certainly hams things up!

Written by Michael Turtle

Michael Turtle is the founder of Time Travel Turtle. A journalist for more than 20 years, he's been travelling the world since 2011.

Michael Turtle is the founder of Time Travel Turtle and has been travelling full time for a decade.


Pig Museum, Stuttgart, Germany

If I told you the world’s biggest pig museum is in Stuttgart, would you think I was telling you a porkie?

Well, I’m not. Lying to you is a loin I wouldn’t cross.

Pig Museum, Stuttgart, Schweine Museum

When I found out that there was a Pig Museum (or Schweine Museum, in German) in Stuttgart, I was so excited it was almost enough to make me squeal.

So I immediately trotted off there chop chop. I didn’t want to miss piggy.

Pig Museum, Stuttgart, Schweine Museum
Pig Museum, Stuttgart, Schweine Museum

The museum opened in 2010 in the old administration building of a slaughterhouse. Since then it has grown to the point where it has more than 50,000 items on display.

The museum is less about the pig itself, and more about what we, as humans, have done with the pig image. And, gee, do we ham it up!

Pig Museum, Stuttgart, Schweine Museum

Pigs might fly but they also sit, eat, and shag… and all of things are represented in the items on display.

There are piggy banks (of course) but also kitchenware, antique statues, soft toys, ties… even a letterbox.

Pig Museum, Stuttgart, Schweine Museum
Pig Museum, Stuttgart, Schweine Museum

It seems there’s nothing that can’t be made in the image of a pig. Where there’s a swill, there’s a way.

Pig Museum, Stuttgart, Schweine Museum

It’s all divided into 25 themed rooms that each have a topic like international pigs, wedding pigs, mythical pigs… and so on. There’s even an x-rated section where the pigs are… well, porking.

Pig Museum, Stuttgart, Schweine Museum

Another room is all about hobbies and there’s a great painting of pigs playing cards. I’m not sure what game but I assume it’s porker.

Now, you might think it all sounds like a bit of a boar. To that, I say hogwash!

Pig Museum, Stuttgart, Schweine Museum
Pig Museum, Stuttgart, Schweine Museum

There is so much to see here that you could huff and puff and not even blow half the house down.

If having the best collection of pork paraphernalia was a sport, this museum would win the olympig gold medal! I’m not sure there is much competition, but it would certainly take home the bacon!

Pig Museum, Stuttgart, Schweine Museum

You also learn a little because, along the way, there are some interesting facts.

Did you know that there are more pigs than people in Denmark?

Or that China has half the world’s pigs? Or that there is only one pig in Afghanistan and it’s kept in a zoo?

No? Well, these are the kind of difficult answers you get when you ask the through questions!

Pig Museum, Stuttgart, Schweine Museum

Anyway. This isn’t your usual tourist attraction but it’s a good laugh. There are actually some really nice items here and it’s fascinating just to see the scale of the whole thing.

Pig Museum, Stuttgart, Schweine Museum

You might wonder how it gets enough visitors to still be in business but you know why it’s still going strong? It’s too pig to fail!


You might find it convenient to get accommodation that’s walking distance from the main train station so you can easily explore the region.


If you’re looking for a budget option, the Youth Hostel Stuttgart International is one of Germany’s best.


For a basic but comfortable and cheap hotel, I would suggest Hotel Astoria.


A good modern hotel in Stuttgart that’s a great option is Jaz Stuttgart.


And I think the best luxury hotel in Stuttgart is the Le Meridien, which also has a perfect location.

Time Travel Turtle was a guest of Baden-Wurttemberg and DB Bahn but the opinions, over-written descriptions and bad jokes are his own.

34 thoughts on “I didn’t want to miss piggy!”

  1. The x-rated section was not part of the hobby section? 😀
    Poor pig in Afghanistan, all alone and in the zoo! He (or she) should migrate to Denmark! China is more high risk for pigs I suppose.
    Entertaining subject. Pigs rule 🙂

  2. I live all the way in America and I really love pigs but I don’t want to drive to Germany for the pig Museum so can you possibly move to America

  3. Went to Stuttgart just to visit this piggy place.
    Fantastic loved it.Meet the lady and her son that collected them.


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