extrastern: pig museum
jun 23, 2010
extrastern: pig museum


schweine museum in stuttgart, germany by extrastern

stuttgart-based architecture and design firm extrastern
has completed the new schweine museum
in a former slaughterhouse in
stuttgart, germany. with over 30, 000 artifacts revolving
around the
theme of the pig, the schweine museum is the largest gallery dedicated to
the
animal in the world.

the 600 m2 museum is divided into 25 rooms of different themes
including a ‘piggy bank’ room,
stacked floor to ceiling with piggy
banks, and a ‘golden pig’ room which features a large statue
of a
‘german large white’ pig on a rotating stage.

many of the rooms are geared toward children: the artifacts are hidden
or viewable only
through tiny windows, some requiring the opening of hatch
doors to see.

the whole museum takes around 1-2 hours to completely experience. the space is thematically
divided into five areas such as ‘history’, ‘mythological and symbolic significance’, and ‘arts and
crafts collection’.


the ‘pig calendar’ room


the ‘miniature pig’ room


the ‘wild hog’ room

the ‘wild hog’ room features windows along the walls as well as display cases on tree stumps
that provide information about the history and zoology of the animal.


the ‘pig stall’ room


the ‘pig pile’ room


the ‘mythical pig’ room


the ‘piggy bank’ room


the ‘golden pig’ room

in addition to the giant golden pig statue in the middle of the room, the ‘golden pig’ room features
pictures and information on hundreds of extinct and endangered breeds of the porcine creature.

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