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Schweinemuseum: the world’s largest pig museum

30/03/2016 - 08:17-0 Comments by | brazil flag

In Stuttgart, there is an entire museum devoted to pigs and with more than 50,000 pieces in 25 rooms, it’s easy to see why it’s also the world’s largest pig museum.

Guilherme A. Franchi

Guilherme A. Franchi

The idea started in 1988 when Erika Wilhelmer, a passionate collector of all things pig for years, decided to start a small and simple museum. Over the years it grew, eventually winning that vaunted Guinness title and moving to a permanent exhibition space in Stuttgart. Ironically, the museum is housed in an old slaughterhouse.

Guilherme A. Franchi

Guilherme A. Franchi

Unlike so many other strange museums, the Pig Museum is actually very well done. The exhibits follow a natural progression from room to room, and the explanations in both German and English help guide the visitor to an entirely new understanding of the friendly pig. While I intellectually knew it before the visit, it was interesting to read about the long and complex history of the relationship between pig and man. They were amongst the first animals domesticated and that bond can be found around the world, from Germany to Asia and back again. The pig has been an important part of our diet for so very long, that it naturally also became a vital part of our culture, both pop and mainstream. Civilizations deified the pig, creating gods that bore the characteristics of the animals on which their lives depended. Even our language is deeply influenced by the pig and its porky habits, with many words and phrases having had their start with pigs and swine.

Guilherme A. Franchi

Guilherme A. Franchi

My time spent at the World’s Largest Pig Museum in Stuttgart was fantastically surprising and the museum itself one of the best quirky versions I’ve ever been to. Be ready for learning something about pigs, because unlike so many other similar museums around the world, it is very informative.

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