You’ll find the world’s largest pig museum in Stuttgart, Germany where you can see over 50,000 pigs in 29 theme rooms.
Despite this claim to fame, the Pig Museum is not well known. In asking over 20 locals and expats, no one had heard of it.
I was intrigued, but not sure what to expect.
Why a Pig Museum?
Pigs have been kept as domestic animals for over 9000 years, with the oldest evidence found in southeastern 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.
Pigs have been an integral part of many cultures throughout the world. The Chinese believe the Pig to be an auspicious animal. They have even included the Pig in their Zodiac. Even the ancient Egyptians worshiped a God that was depicted as a Pig. The Pig Museum in Stuttgart is something of a shrine to the Pig.
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What to Expect When You Visit the Pig Museum in Stuttgart
The 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.
The Quirkiest Pig Theme Room
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 of 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.
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The Piggy Bank
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 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.
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The Pig Museum also featured lots of pig art. Life-sized bronzed pigs, sculptures, portraits and lots of figurines. One of my favourite 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 honours go to 1) Austria 2)Spain 3) Serbia. Germany came in 4th, Canada was 27th. (These figures are from 2005.)
What Else Does The Pig Museum Offer
Once you have completed your tour of the Pig Museum you can treat yourself to a hot meal at the Pig Museum’s very own Cafe and Restaurant. They even have their very own little Beer Garden with a menu made up of wait for it….. Pork specialties! You will also find a quaint shop at the Pig Museum that sells all kinds of Kitch Pig memorabilia. This is definitely worth a stop to pick up some great porky souvenirs for your pork loving friends.
Visitor Info When Visiting the Pig Museum
Entrance Price for the Museum
- Tickets are priced at €10.00 for Adults and €5.00 for Pensioners.
- Ticket prices vary for Children. Click here for more prices.
Museum Opening Hours
- The Pig Museum is open from Monday to Sunday from 10 am – 6:30 pm
- The Pig Museum’s Restaurant is open from 11 am – 10 pm Daily.
How to Reach the Pig Museum
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.
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