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
theme of the pig, the schweine museum is the largest gallery dedicated to
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
‘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
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.