Reflecting the marque’s dynamism and heritage, the Porsche Museum offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy a close-up experience with these fascinating vehicles and their history.
The heart of Porsche beats in Zuffenhausen, near Stuttgart, Germany. It was in the Porsche factory located here that the first 911 rolled off the assembly line in 1963. Next to that historic factory is the Porsche Museum.
In the Porscheplatz – the roundabout outside the museum – stands British artist Gerry Judah’s Inspiration 911 sculpture. Standing at 25 metres high, it features three genuine 911 classics from different generations – a Carrera, a 911 SC Coupé and a 2.2 Coupé, each restored to showroom condition and mounted on a pillar of lightweight steel monocoque shell – paying tribute to the heritage of the 911.
The museum building itself, designed by Viennese architect Delugan Meissl, is an architectural manifestation of Porsche’s bold dynamism: the monolithic structure seems to float above the ground, supported only by three V-shaped columns. Thanks to its polygonal forms and reflective geometries, it looks different from every angle.
Inside the steel structure, a ramp leads up to the 5,600 square meter exhibition space, offering visitors an overview of the impressive collection. The main area of the exhibition presents Porsche`s history in chronological order: more than 80 legendary racing and sports cars as well as unusual prototypes are on display, including iconic vehicles such as the 356, 550, 911, and 917, taking visitors from the early years of Porsche’s history right up to the present day.
The “Porsche Idea” section is the backbone of the exhibition. Showcasing some of Porsche’s outstanding technical achievements from the early 20th century, it tells the story of the philosophy and the passion, celebrating the spirit and the people at work at Porsche, and explaining what makes the brand so unique.
The latest addition to the museum’s exhibits is the 12-meter long interactive Touchwall , which covers nine decades of exciting automobile history through 3.000 pictures, drawings and technical data, allowing the visitor to explore almost all models of Porsche street and race cars.
The Porsche Museum regularly presents special exhibitions, so there is always something new for visitors to discover. To find out what’s currently on or to book a tour, visit their website.