When the Porsche Museum was officlaly opened, after a walk through the new building on the Porscheplatz Lord Mayor Dr. Schuster’s verdict was: “This is a big hit for Zuffenhausen. The state capital has gained, in the form of the new Porsche-Museum, an additional, magical magnet for automobile fans from all over the world. At the same time the region can also add another attractive address for a wide variety of events. In this way Stuttgart becomes a metropolis of the automobile – and one that everyone can enjoy.”
The museum, designed entirely in white with its exhibition area resting on only three single supports that as a result, appears to be hovering, was regarded as a sensation in professional circles during its three-year construction period due to its bold architecture. Roman Delugan from the Viennese Architects' Practice Delugan Meissl Associated Architects, whose design won the competition in January 2005, was determined from the very start to put the museum's visitor at the very centre of things: “Architecture should not just be seen as another building, but should have an effect on the mind and body of human beings. This museum should make the Porsche cosmos a palpable reality for each person.”
The exhibition concept of the Stuttgart museum designer Professor HG Merz deliberately dispenses with the idea of a staged theme world with show effects and instead lets the sportscars speak for themselves. “Exhibits of this quality need no elaborate packaging”, stresses Professor Merz. “In Zuffenhausen they stand like sculptures in a white gallery. Against these reduced surroundings, the visitor can be alone with the vehicles and with his or her own personal feelings.”
Porsche is expecting at least 200,000 visitors per year. Even in the previous museum on the works site, which could barely accommodate 20 exhibits, 80,000 guests a year would turn up. Altogether the historic collection of Porsche AG encompasses a fleet of 400 racing and sportscars. Since almost all exhibition vehicles still take part in historic racing events, the rare items on show in the “Museum on Wheels” are constantly being changed. Apart from anything else, this make repeated visits all the more fascinating for regular guests.
The Porsche-Museum is open daily except on Mondays, from 9 to 6 p.m.. Adults pay 8 euros admission (discount: four Euros). Children up to the age of 14 get free admission when accompanied by an adult.
For group bookings and special guided tours,
please contact the Porsche Museum,
tel.: 0049 711 911 20911;
email: porsche museum
More information is available on the internet at www.porsche.com/museum(external link)
Exclusive at the Porsche Museum Shop
Anniversary Products for the 100th Birthday of Ferry Porsche
Starting immediately, the Shop at the Porsche Museum of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, offers selected birthday products on the occasion of the 100th birthday of Ferry Porsche, the son of company founder Ferdinand Porsche and the constructor of the first Porsche sports car, Type 356. One of these highlights is the book “Ferry Porsche 100 Years“ published by the Porsche Museum Edition as its third volume. On 200 pages, many photos and drawings from the Corporate Archive, some of which have never been published before, as well as personal quotes, offer the reader a new insight into the life of Ferry Porsche, who made the Company one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sports cars. The book is available in German and English at a price of Euro 12.90.
As a further token celebrating Ferry Porsche’s 100th birthday, the Museum Shop offers a placard to be fastened on the air intake grille of Porsche models. This Grille Badge is made of metal, measures approximately 95 millimetres (3.75“) in diameter, and costs Euro 24.90. The placard is also available as a Cloth Badge at Euro 4.50, for sewing on to garments. A set of high-quality postcards with historical Ferry Porsche motifs at Euro 2.90 rounds off the range of anniversary products.
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