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.
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.
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!
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. 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.
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. 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!
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!
You also learn a little. 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!
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. 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!
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