Museums for every taste

Museums play an important role as venues for extramural teaching. They can speak directly to a young public, arouse curiosity and convey contents in a manner that opens up new perspectives to children of all educational backgrounds. There are 1,300 museums throughout the state of Baden-Württemberg. Some, like the Frieder Burda Museum in Baden-Baden, are large and well-known. The Frieder Burda Museum opened its gates to the public in October 2004. The plans for the new building (adjacent to the state art gallery of Baden-Baden) were designed by the New York architect Richard Meier.

The internationally-oriented Frieder Burda collection showcases more than 1,000 art works of classical modernism. No less interesting is the Municipal Gallery Stihl in Waiblingen, which opened in May 2008 as an exhibition house specialising in works on and made of paper. The gallery’s high quality and diverse programme has enticed more than 100,000 visitors since its opening. Art lovers are also catered to in the Tübingen Art Gallery or the Würth Art Gallery in Schwäbisch Hall. Technology enthusiasts get their money´s worth in Friedrichshafen, where the popular Zeppelin Museum lies directly on the shore of Lake Constance. The concept of “technology and art” allows visitors to experience the lost oneness of the world and its wonders. The principal attraction is the 33-metre-long accessible reconstruction of the LZ 129 Hindenburg blimp. Visitors can reach the replicated passenger quarters over a gangway.

For romantics, a visit to the Steiff Museum in Giengen an der Brenz is highly recommended. In 2005, the Steiff Museum opened its gates to a world of experience for the whole family. More than 2,000 teddy bears and other plush toys can be viewed here over an area of 2,400 square metres and three floors. The history of the Steiff teddy bear, so beloved world-wide, and the company that make them are represented with many examples and detailed information. This is a real experience for children as well as for adults and collectors. Visitors with modern tastes are well looked after in the ZKM 1, the Centre for Art and Media Technology in Karlsruhe. The ZKM 1 unites its multiple functions as a museum, research and production area, and exhibition, events, media and documentation centre under one roof. Two museum areas as well as the media centre are accessible to the public. The media museum offers one of the world’s largest collections of interactive media art.