The Schweinemuseum (Pig Museum) houses a collection of 45,000 objects related to pigs! Expect to find paintings, photos, comics, piggy banks and a host of other things – ranging from pretty to tacky, vintage to modern. On top of that, the museum imparts wisdom on pig-related rituals, hunting, pig worship, pig sexuality, and everything that you ever (or never!) wanted to know about pigs.
Dusseldorf is known for its rich, delicious mustard, so it is not entirely surprising that there should be a mustard museum in the city. Tourists flock to this museum to learn the history of mustard and explore a mustard mill, and more importantly, to try out flavors of mustard that they never imagined existed. Be a little adventurous and try the beer mustard, coconut curry mustard, or stewed apple mustard, or would you rather stick to the crowd favorite Löwensenf Extra? The museum shop is the perfect place to pick up some unique, authentic foodie souvenirs.
Bergerstraße 29, Düsseldorf, Germany, + 49 (0) 21141590
The Museum der Brotkultur, Ulm, is yet another museum dedicated to a food that Germans love – bread! The museum highlights the importance of grains and bread in shaping the society and culture of its people. It also traces the history and evolution of bread and the processes of bread production. The information is presented in an interesting way through visually stimulating displays, including life-like sculptures.
The Ostereimuseum (Easter Egg Museum) basks in festive cheer all year long, thanks to its collection of thousands of Easter eggs and Easter ornaments. Each egg displayed in this museum, be it a chicken egg or an oversized ostrich egg, is a work of art. While some are intricately hand-painted, some have scissor cuts done on them. Visitors also get to know interesting stories about the history of Easter eggs and egg decoration.
Though it translates to Cookbook Museum, the German Kochbuchmuseum is more than that. It explores the roles of cooking and food in shaping society, and has classes and displays varied kitchen technology. There is, of course, a big section consisting of cookbooks.
The Dialog Museum, Frankfurt, makes visitors step into the shoes of the visually impaired. Visitors, equipped with a walking stick, follow a blind guide’s voice around the pitch-dark museum. The tour demands a more intensive use of the other senses and lets visitors experience how a blind person deals with everyday things, like crossing a road, responding to music, and ordering and paying for a drink from a blind bartender! This is a one-of-a-kind museum and a must-do when in Frankfurt.