Need some good luck this year? Grab a pig! In Germany and many other parts of the world, pigs are considered good luck. Fresh out of swiney charms? I’ll show you a place where you can find over 40,000!
The place is called the Stuttgart Schweine Museum. According to the Guinness Book of World Records it boasts the much-coveted honor of being the world’s largest Pig Museum.
With a place like this, who needs the Louvre?
The Mona Lisa’s got nothing on this:
Then there’s the Statue of Pigerty:
And the Piggy Peep Show:
Duck inside this secret room and peek through the heart-shaped windows to see piggies in compromising positions. According to the exhibit, the German word Schweinkram means “nasty stuff.” Pigs have long been associated with fertility and all that goes with it. Pigs also have a reputation for being “dirty.”
The museum is educational, too. You can learn about the theory of Evolution:
Or learn how to say ‘pig’ in multiple languages, including the ever useful Morse code:
The museum has something for everyone, including ties for dad:
Stuffed animals for the kids (the museum claims plush pigs were invented 10 years before the teddy bear):
And for mom, there are plenty of goodies for bed, bath, and beyond…
There’s serious art, too:
And of course, no pig museum worth it’s bacon would be complete without piggie banks:
If you visit, be careful what you say. This is a place where pigs really do fly:
And if you work up an appetite exploring all 29 rooms, the museum has a restaurant. The food is actually quite good if you can get past some of the menu descriptions. (What are the best pieces of pork knuckle?)
Some final thoughts by Sir Winston Churchill:
“I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.”
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