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 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!
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!
THE BEST ACCOMMODATION IN STUTTGART
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!”
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 🙂
The x-rated section was very weird. I felt a bit naughty looking at it… and also a little creeped out…
I was going to try and use a pig-related pun in this comment – but you appear to have hogged them all!
Great article 🙂
Ha ha – fantastic. I knew there would be more!! 🙂
He should make a pun would pick a pocket! Great post!
He he. Thanks, mate! 🙂
Soooo many puns! Hannah Hart would be proud.
Ha ha… I try my best 🙂
The puns started off well but then it all turned to slop 😉
Boom tish!! 🙂
Such a quirky idea for a museum! Never heard of it when I was in Stuttgart.
Who knows where these kind of ideas come from but I think it actually worked out pretty well!
Ha, love this post. I think this museum would overwhelm me in the best way possible.
Happy travels 🙂
It was surprisingly overwhelming! I never knew when it was going to end. There just seemed to be endless rooms of pigs!!! 🙂
Haha I love the puns! too good, well done on the one Michael
I just couldn’t resist 🙂
It begs the question where the line is between a museum and an obsession with an admission price.
Ha ha ha. Good point – I’ve probably been to a few places where that question could be asked 🙂
Hilarious! You have absolutely mastered the sourcing of odd and eccentric museums! I love it!
I know – without even meaning to do it, I feel like I’ve been building up a great collection of odd museum stories. I’ll have to start hunting down even more!!
I’m not sure how to react to this. Very strange!
Yes, pretty strange. But much more enjoyable than you might expect!
Cute! Germans love their pigs. Made me laugh.
He he… glad you appreciated it. Thanks 😉
Ha! Great post. I love all the pig references throughout. Looks like a very interesting museum.
The interesting thing is why they created it in the first place. Who knows?!
Precious piggie post! Great writing – really enjoyed it… (Good to turn a slaughterhouse into a museum)
He he… I hope all the pig toys don’t realise what used to happen in their new home!! 🙂
That was puntastic!
He he… thanks. Just be grateful I don’t do every story like that!! 🙂
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
Such a tickle! You made my first laugh today! Thank You, MISS Piggy! 😉
Went to Stuttgart just to visit this piggy place.
Fantastic loved it.Meet the lady and her son that collected them.
I want to go here i will be going on a holiday company holiday next year to Germany. I have a interest in the cities. I like the houses