Learning is fun

“Teaching is top priority” is a good catchphrase to describe the role of museums in connection with educational obligations and objectives. Museums have always been storehouses of knowledge. They convey useful details and general basics. The “modern museum”, whether it acts as a “visible history of art” or an “accessible textbook” with more greatly refined subject matter, should contribute to education by showcasing illustrative material. This mission is taken seriously in the Stuttgart metropolitan region. In the state capital alone there are nine large museums and exhibition buildings presenting many fine exhibitions and collections. In addition, there are about thirty smaller museums and collections in specialised fields.

The museums focus on conveying knowledge and attracting a broad public, not on the mere administration of artefacts. The State Gallery and the Stuttgart Museum of Art display art of international standing. The Landesmuseum Württemberg (Württemberg State Museum), located in the Old Castle, and the Linden Museum show important European cultural, historic and ethnologic collections. The Landesmuseum, founded in 1862 by King Wilhelm I, presents the state history in a lively manner. A special feature is the “Young Palace”, introducing children and their families playfully to topics of regional history.

The Linden ethnological museum considers itself a forum of cultures. Visitors receive richly diverse insights into the art and cultural history as well as the everyday life of cultures outside Europe. One can set out on a small tour of the Orient by strolling through an Afghan bazaar, built in true imitation of the original. The development of flora and fauna since prehistory is presented at the State Natural History Museum. Its collections are distributed between two buildings set in the Rosenstein park: the Museum Palace Rosenstein and the Löwentor Museum. Among the exhibits are the oldest dinosaur findings in Europe, the oldest turtles in the world and uniquely preserved dinosaurs of the sea found in the area. The House of History Baden-Württemberg is unique in Germany. State history of the past 200 years comes alive here. The museum’s broad range of pedagogical offerings also permits young visitors to experience history up close.