Compared to the its Mercedes counterpart this was a real disappointment. A small corridor of a room, tightly packed with about 20 exhibits, but none of my favourites, like the VW-Porsche 914 and the classic 70s/80s Carerra, except some shabby prototype version. There was the latest Carerra, a wonderful Porsche open top police car, and a set of Le Mans and Grand Prix racing cars, but in all I was in and out of the museum faster than it took me to get there. There was a more impressive collection at the Porsche Zentrum show rooms, including at least two floors of new and used Porsches to peruse. You'll probably have to be a convincing prospective purchaser if you want to wander around, though, and the cars range from expensive to very expensive. The place is probably not worth the effort, unless you are really keen on cars or Porsches.
To get there take the S-Bahn number 6 to Neuwirtshaus. Don't be misled by the huge Porsche signs directly in front of you as you exit the station, as these are not the museum. The one of the left is the huge showroom, and the one of the right forms part of the factory. Instead take a right at the roundabout, and then take the first left. The gate for the museum is on the left, just as the road takes a ninety degree bend to the right.
The museum is open Monday to Friday, from 9pm until 4pm, and an hour longer on weekends and public holidays. Entrance is free.
Update: The new Porsche museum has been solemnly opened on 31 January 2009
Porsche hopes to lure 200,000 visitors a year to the museum - competition for the rival Mercedes museum, located a half-hour away in Untertuerkheim.
The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9am to 6pm. Last entry 5pm.
Admission is € 8.00 for adults. Children under 14 free when accompanied by an adult.
Address: Porscheplatz 1 Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen
Tel.: 0049 (0)711 911 20911
Fax: 0049 (0)711 911 20356
Directions: S6 towards "Leonberg" or "Weilderstadt" until Neuwirtshaus.
Video 2. Feb 2009:DW Video-des-Tages
Website of the new museum
This site is where Porsche (and, quite curiously, the VW Beetle) was born. Today, it also houses the museum, which highlights more than 75 years of Porsche engineering, from the first Porsche-branded car — a Boxster precursor from 1948 — to the 911 GT1 that won the 1998 Le Mans.
But with just 20 cars on display and a disappointingly nondescript interior, the museum feels more like a hospital waiting room than a temple to sports cars. That will change probably late next year, when the museum moves into a new building nearby.
Celebrations at the Opening of new Porsche Museum
Porsche History About 80 vehicles and many small exhibits will be on display at the new Porsche Museum in a unique ambience. In addition to world-famous, iconic vehicles such as the 356, 550, 911, and 917, the exhibits include some of the outstanding technical achievements of Professor Ferdinand Porsche from the early 20th century. Even then, the name of Porsche stood for the commitment never to be satisfied with a technical solution that fails to fully meet or exceed all of its requirements, including opportunities for further improvement.
From the lobby, visitors ascend a spectacular ramp to the entrance of the spacious exhibition area, where they can gain an initial overview of the impressive collection.
Here the visitor is free to choose whether to start chronologically with the company history before 1948, or to head directly into the main area of the exhibition, which contains a chronological history of Porsche products and thematic islands. Both areas are interlinked by the “Porsche Idea” section, which forms the backbone of the exhibition.
The Idea section explains what makes the various themes and exhibits so unique. It tells of the spirit and the passion that motivate the work at Porsche, and pays tribute to the company as well as the people behind the product.
Factory tours in English are at 10 a.m. Monday to Friday. Advance booking recommended
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and to 5 p.m. on weekends.
If you are a fan of the marque of Porsche, you should afford yourself an opportunity to try and tour the factory. And seriously, you MUST make a reservation months in advance. If you know you are going to Stuttgart, call the factory (yes, they speak English, although they may initially answer the phone in German) and make an appointment. I didn't get to take the tour, because I didn't heed this warning. The museum is open and it's free to anyone, adult or child. While the collection is limited, the quality of the collection is high, still, the actual pieces are lacking. Museum hours are Monday through Friday 9-4 and weekends from 9-5. To park for the museum, locate the entrance to the museum (hiding behind the boutique) follow the road to the stop sign. Take a left, just a few meters up the hill. You will see a large parking lot at your left. Find a place to park there and walk back to the museum. It's about a 1/4 mile walk. Not too bad. This is where they tell you to park, so you need not worry about your car being towed. I'm simply saving you the embarrassment of having to ask. Or to having to fetch your car from the impound.
Porsche Museum is hard to find within the Porsche complex, note that only street parking is available and it is scarce. The current museum is quite small, with maybe 15-20 cars on display and a small gift-shop (there is a new museum is under construction), those cars that are there include a few historic racers and the 356 family. The factory tour has to be reserved in advance, I managed to book places on the English speaking tour with about 3 weeks notice, if there are no-shows you may be lucky and get one of their places. I don't think under 18s are allowed into the factory. It takes about 2 hours. The staff were friendly and the tour was quite interesting, you see the engine assembly, leather workshop and final assembly line, including the mating of the engine/gearbox/suspension assembly to the body.
Please take a look at also ATXtraveler's Stuttgart tips
And you thought the Mercedes Museum got me excited! This place was amazing! I guess I'll have to go to Italy to the Ferrari museum next!
Home of the world's finest sports cars! Factory tours are available but must be pre-booked. Porsche Club of Great Britain arrange these from the UK and it is also possible to arrange yourself by calling +49 - 711/911-5384. The museum is open 9-4 Monday to Friday and 9-5 weekends and holidays.
if you think of stuttgard, you instatnly think of mercedes benz. Sure the museum is awesome but it is just a museum, filled with automobile memrobilia and that is all.
on the other hand, zuffenhauz rocks. Think zuffenhauz, think Porsche. The porsche museum, is small but verry nice and the staff is verry friendly. You can rent a porsche of your choice, providing you got enough $$$ and take it for a spin on the autobahn or if you are lucky enough, enter and view the factory and pick up your porsche.
The Porsche Museum was awesome. It had La Mans winners, it had the original 1940's beetle that they designed and thus launched Volkswagen. It was an incredible exhibit. Small, but incredible. Four things that they could improve on in this area:
1. No Media - I would have soaked up a 10 minute presentation on design attitudes or about racing teams or something.
2. The Gift Shop sucked big time. The stuff was really lame or really expensive.
3. The plant tour that the websites say occur at 10 and 2 are by appointment only. The appointments are out 6 to 9 months the attendant told me. So I didn't get the plant tour. I am an engineer and was highly bummed.
4. No local cafe. After driving an hour to get there, I couldn't find a cup of coffee within walking distance of the plant. Open a cafe for god's sake!
What can I say - it's free!!
If you are in Stuttgart, you must go to this factory and get a tour to Porsche museum.
I wasn't a Porsche fan before, now I'm!