You don’t have to be a Porschephile to enjoy the recently opened Porsche Museum in Stuttgart. From the outside the monochromatic steel structure of the museum is a masterpiece of 21st century architecture that reshaped the Porscheplatz with its extraordinary appearance. Inside, the Porsche-lovers can find it all: the iconic vehicles such as the 356, 550, 911, and 917 in different shapes, sizes, and colors.
The museum is located in Zuffenhausen, the Stuttgart suburb which is the birthplace of the sports cars bearing the Porsche logo. It stands next to the Porsche plant and the Porsche Center.
Delugan Meissl, the Vienna-based architect, is a creator of that bold and dynamic building, supported on the massive pylons. Inside, the museum is finished in white, polished stainless steel and glazed glass. The construction lasted three years and was completed in December 2008.
Paying the €8 admission fee ($10) visitors may enter the world of Porsche where around 80 vehicles are presented (most of cars are in running condition). The exhibition is divided into two groups: the history of Porsche prior to 1948 and the history of Porsche after 1948.
The broad collection of 911…
The venue was designed as a kind of "rolling museum" with rotating exhibits from a stock of 300 restored cars so Porsche fans may revisit the museum and see the new vehicles. Originally costs were set at €60 million but the actual costs hit €100 million.
The museum (official opening: 31 January 2009) is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 6pm.