A Look Inside the Porsche Museum

In Stuttgart, Germany, the Zuffenhausen district contains a very special building: the Porsche Museum. This automobile museum, built next to the Porsche Factory, was opened in 1976. Upon its opening, this museum was relatively small with few parking spaces and enough space to hold 20 exhibits that would periodically circulate different vehicles.

The museum was designed to have an exhibit that would rotate different vehicles from a stock of 300 restored cars. Each of these cars was kept in perfect condition and could be driven straight from the museum floor. With Mercedes-Benz building their own museum in Stuttgart, Porsche considered building a second museum next to it. Instead, after the Mercedes-Benz Museum opened in 2006, Porsche decided to upgrade its current building. The budget was set to 60 million euros, however, that cost eventually grew to 100 million euros before its opening on January 29th, 2009.

The development of the new building began six years prior, in 2003. At that point, Porsche designed a permanent exhibition and went so far as to create a storyboard describing topics, exhibits, and the presentation.

Three years later, at the end of 2006 and beginning of 2007, the building’s center and basement were completed. These sections, along with the museum’s underground garage, ground floor, central support beams, and the second floor, collectively used enough concrete to cover 21,000 cubic meters. The 5,600 square meter exhibition space’s steel supporting structure was completed in autumn of 2007, and the building's interior and systems then began development and installation.

At the end of 2008, Porsche was finally given the Museum where they put on their final touches and opened it on January 31st, 2009.

Architectural Design

The architect responsible for the museum’s stunning design is Delugan Meissl. Determined to make a distinct statement, Meissl designed the structure to stand upon three V-shaped columns, allowing the main portion to appear as though it is floating.

This appearance is meant to resemble everything Porsche is. Just as Porsche’s vehicles are angular, dynamic, and unorthodox, so is the building. Every view of the museum looks different from another due to the variation in structure and window placement. Those that are driving towards the city are able to see the north-facing, 23-meter high building in all of its beauty. This statement on architecture finds a way to fit within its surroundings while still catching the eye of everyone who nears it.

On the topic of this masterpiece, Delugan Meissl stated that the Porsche Museum is intended to encapture Porsche’s positive outlook, critical standards, and dynamic image. The design is also meant to show that Porsche’s philosophy relies on “knowledge, credibility, and determination” just as much as it does “courage, excitement, power, and independence”. Combining all of these factors provides Porsche with the opportunity to push the limits of its abilities and constantly accept new challenges, which should be projected by the Porsche Museum.

The Porsche Museums is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and it costs 8€ for adults and 4€ for children. But you don’t have to go all the way to Germany to see Porsche's impressive vehicles, visit us Monday - Saturday or check out our online showroom

Open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, the Porsche Museum charges 8€ for adults and 4€ for children. However, a trip to Germany isn’t always an option, so visit our showroom Monday through Saturday to get your fill of Porsche majesty!

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