World’s Largest Pig Museum

Pig museum in Stuttgart, Germany

Stuttgart, Germany is home to the world’s largest pig museum featuring over 40,000 pigs in 28 theme rooms.

Despite this, the Pig Museum is not well known. In asking over 20 locals and expats, no one had heard of it.

Pig skeleton
It was one of the places on my list of Travel New Year’s Resolutions to travel closer to home.
I was intrigued, but not sure what to expect. I had to drag J.P. (my German fiance).

 

 

 

 

 

Shelves of pig figurinesThe Pig Museum is kitsch at it’s best.  As one might expect when you have 40,000 pigs stuffed into one 800 m sq building. One room alone had 2000 piggy banks! But it was also surprisingly informative, and humorous in places and most of the signs were in both German and English.

 

 

 

 

 

Pig siamese twins

Pig siamese twins

Pigs have been kept as domestic animals for over 9000 years, with the oldest evidence found in south eastern Turkey. Any guesses about the world’s largest producer of pork? Hint, it’s not Germany, but………….China! China produces ~ 50% of all the world’s pork! You’re not likely to find pigs in Islamic countries though. Afghanistan’s pig population totals 1 and that one is in the Kabul Zoo.

What surprised me most about the museum is that 1 of the theme rooms was dedicated to pigs and sexuality, I dubbed it the Pig Porn Room. I can almost see the confused expression on your face.  It’s probably similar to the perplexed expression I had on my face as I stepped into this room. It turns out that they are a symbol for sexuality since females have long fertility period.  But most impressive, female can have orgasms lasting up to 30 minutes! I don’t think I really want to know how they know that, but this is the one thing I learned at the Pig Museum that I don’t think I’m likely to forget.  And as I discovered at a dinner tonight, it makes for interesting dinner conversation. Sorry no photos from the Pig Porn Room.  But be assured that there no photos of real pigs, just figurines and “art” in which I use the term loosely here.

One of the piggy bank rooms

One of the piggy bank rooms

The piggy bank also has an interesting history, although no one is sure where it originated. It’s thought that the idea of pigs gaining weight quickly resembled to your savings growing quickly (if only that were true!). But the connection between pigs and money dates back to the 5th century B.C. when pigs were imprinted on coins.  Piggy banks have been used in many different countries for thousands of years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pig museum in Stuttgart, GermanyThe Pig Museum also featured lots of pig art. Life sized bronzed pigs, sculptures, portraits and lots of figurines. One of my favorite pieces of art was the photo on the left which is a reenactment of a scene from the bible, but I’m not sure which one. This sign was only in German and J.P. was having a hard time translating it compounded by the fact that neither of us has read the bible for a while.

 

 

 

Another thing I enjoyed about the museum was a country chart of the world’s biggest pork eaters. Surprisingly Germany is not in the top 3! Those honors go to: 1) Austria 2)Spain 3) Serbia. Germany came in 4th, Canada was 27th. (These figures are from 2005.)

Pig museum in Stuttgart, Germany

Queen of the Pigs at the Pig Museum? Not a title that I think I want.

The Pig Museum wouldn’t be in my “Top 5 Must See” list, but to be fair, few museums would be. I did enjoy it though and thought it was a nice way to spend an hour learning about something new and I did come away with some memorable info that I actually remember  a couple of years after my visit.

Given a choice over the Pig Museum or the Mercedes Museum, which is much better known, I would choose the Pig Museum.  It’s not nearly as refined and was done on a much lower budget, but it is memorable!

The Schweine (Pig)Museum Homepage

Comments

  1. says

    Okay, this one needs to get filed under the “most bizarre” museum category! Too funny. I guess there’s a museum for everything isn’t there! ;-)

  2. says

    Believe it or not, I have heard about the museum, but then I’m a musuem junkie always on the lookout ofr strange and weird collections. That’s why I particulalrly enjoeyed this post and I’m sure you will dine out on ‘pig porn’ for some time to come. My weirdest musuem (which has closed a few years ago) was also in Germany, the Nachttopf Museum (pottie museum) in Munich.

  3. says

    I wouldn’t have thought that a post about a pig museum would interest me much, but yours certainly did! Fun stuff! Off the top of my head, I think that the Spam Museum in Austin, Minnesota was the strangest I’ve been to. Austin is the home of Hormel, the makers of Spam. I’ve never eaten Spam (and turned down free samples at the museum), but many rave about it for various reasons. I had a roommate once who ate it all the time because it was so cheap.

  4. Sabrina says

    That is the craziest museum ever! I don’t think I’ve ever been to anything that would even come close to that :)

  5. says

    Absolutely love it! I don’t think I could resist visiting the world’s largest pig museum either. (i wonder what other pig museums they compare themselves to?)

  6. Laurel says

    @Cam – agreed, but Germany seems to be the land of strange museums. There’s also a Bread Museum not far from where I live that I must see. Seriously bread?

    @Jim – sounds freaky. Thanks, I’ll definitely include it in the post next week.

    @Inka – why am I not surprised you’ve heard of the Pig Museum :) Glad someone has, it deserves more attention. Is that pottie, like where you go to the bathroom pottie? Definitely worthy of inclusion as well.

    @Cathy – thanks! A Spam Museum? That’s even stranger than a Pig Museum. Will have to google this, but will include it in the post next week.

    @Sabrina – it was definitely interesting and better than expected

    @Glen – thanks! Good point, out of curiosity I googled “Pig Museum’ and see that they also exist in Paris, Austria and Italy. I’m sure there are others as well, but interesting to find a few others in a quick search.

  7. says

    That siamese twin picture almost did me in ! There is a gopher hole museum in Torrington, which is somewhere between Calgary & Edmonton, that has always intrigued me.

  8. says

    Oh good grief the pig museum sounds amazing!! I love pigs: this post has just pushed Stuttgart right up my list of places to visit ;) Thanks Laurel!

    The weirdest museum I’ve been to was the Stalin museum in Gori, Georgia (the town here he was born), which presented Stalin as a talented, selfless chap who, upon becoming a politician, stopped making decisions for his own good and started making them for the good of the state, requiring him to use his power somewhat ruthlessly (ie kill 25 million people – but remember, it was all for the good of the state). Trotsky didn’t get a single mention in the whole tour, but I did learn that Stalin was an accomplished pianist and sang in a choir as a small boy. The museum is built next to the house where Stalin was born and they have all kinds of things on display there, from his personal shaving kit to his personal railway carriage. My favourite exhibit, however, was – no, not the enormous lamp made of guns – the bronze “death mask” that was made of Stalin’s face after he died, which I viewed in total darkness because the lights didn’t work.

  9. Sabrina says

    You are surprised by a bread museum in Germany? Really? How long have you been there? ;) Just pulling your leg. My non-German friends make fun of me because I miss German bread so much and still can’t get used to the American stuff after so many years here. I’ve never been to a bread museum, but I’m not surprised there’s one in Germany :)

  10. Laurel says

    @ Tracy – I had never though of pig Siamese twins before, go figure! How have I not heard of the gopher museum? Will definitely include it next week, thanks!

    @Frau Dietz – yes, it’s worth a trip and there’s also a bread museum in a nearby down, haven’t been yet, but how can I not go? That sounds like quite the interesting take on Stalin, can’t say I’ve ever heard him presented in that light before. And a “death mask” ugghhh. Will include it next week. Thanks.

    @Sabrina – I really shouldn’t be surprised by a bread museum, but my Canadian self finds it hilarious. I’ve also heard there’s a hammer museum in Frankfurt which I think I almost have to go to just out of curiosity, although I’m keeping my expectations in check. J.P. hates the bread in Canada when he’s there as well. The first thing he does when he’s back in Germany is buy some good ol German bread.

  11. Laurel says

    @ Norbert & Laura – Very true :)

    @Crhis – Seriously? I’m almost scared to look. Thanks for stopping by, will definitely include it in the post next week.

  12. Laurel says

    @ Miss Footloose – Thanks for the contribution. I never would have guessed a Hash Museum, even in Amsterdam. I never seem to visit museums in my own country either, it’s only when I’m living elsewhere that I really go to museums.

  13. Laurel says

    @Thomas – Well there’s also a wurst museum and a bread museum in Germany so I think they take their food pretty seriously :)

    @Christoper – OK, that is just plain weird, but I guess King Ludwig was a little “out there”. Thanks for your submission.

  14. John K says

    I will have an extra day in Stuttgart after attend the N Scale Model Railway show in November . I was wondering what to do with that day. Now I know.

    You should visit the Neu Messe between Nov 17th to 20th for the many fairs that are on then.

    Thanks for the great blog.

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