Stuttgart’s museums specialize in two subjects: classic art and classic cars. Lovers of the Impressionists will feel right at home at one of the many art galleries. Meanwhile, the auto-enthusiasts can spend the whole day in the Mercedes and Porsche museums.
Old State Gallery
The Old Stuttgart State Gallery (Konrad-Adenauer-Straße 30-32) was the former home of the city’s royal art school. Built in 1843, it is one of the most popular museums in Germany. Here you’ll find the old masters of the fourteenth through nineteenth centuries. Some of the highlights are the exhibits on Swabian Classicism and the always-popular Impressionists.
New State Gallery
As its name suggests, the New State Gallery was built in 1984 and houses more contemporary art. This Stuttgart museum features some of the twentieth century’s most notable artists, including Picasso, Matisse, Dali, Chagall and Miró.
Württemberg State Museum
This imposing castle-like Stuttgart museum features some unusual and interesting attractions. The Landesmuseum Württemberg (Schillerplatz 6) showcase ancient Celtic artifacts, Swabian altars, medieval glass collections and the Crown Jewels of Württemberg. Don’t miss the exhibit on musical instruments in the nearby Fruchtkasten!
Stuttgart Art Museum
The Stuttgart Art Museum or Kunstmuseum (Kleiner Schlossplatz 1) is instantly recognizable with its large glass cube exterior. Inside you’ll find even more of interest. There is an impressive collection of the Swabian Impressionist artistic style, such as the work of Otto Dix. Over 15,000 works of art are currently on hand.
The Mercedes museum (Mercedesstraße 100) is now among the most popular places in Stuttgart. This attraction houses some of the world’s oldest cars, including (naturally!) the first-ever Mercedes. Race cars, limousines and sports cars from throughout the twentieth century are all on display here. It is surely a must-visit for anyone who loves automobiles.
This fairly new addition to the Stuttgart museum scene is another highlight for car lovers. Over eighty different cars are shown here at the Porsche Museum (Porscheplatz), including the world’s first hybrid automobile built in 1900.