Stuttgart has an excellent collection of museums and I’ve only visited a small handful so far – the Mercedes Benz Museum, the ifa-Galerie, the Kunstmuseum (the Art Museum), the Haus der Musik (House of Music), the Stauffenberg-Erinnerungsstätte (the Stauffenberg Memorial), the Haus der Geschichte (House of History), and the Planetarium. The last four I visited with S during last year’s Lange Nacht der Museen (long night of the museums).
This past weekend, S and I signed up for an English guided walking tour of the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart (the State Gallery). We went with a group called Metropolitan Club Stuttgart that we found through Meet Up. The Metropolitan Club Stuttgart (or Met Club for short) often organizes cultural activities, hikes, restaurant dinners, games nights and other events in and around Stuttgart.
To be honest, I really didn’t know much about the Staatsgalerie before we signed up to go on the tour. We arrived at the museum on Saturday morning only to see this groovy building below:
Our tour started in the Alte Staatsgalerie (the old State Gallery), which is right next to the Neue Staatsgalerie (the new State Gallery). Our guide told us that the new director of the gallery wanted the older artworks to be the old building and the newer artworks to be in the new building, so last year the paintings and statues were all moved accordingly. Below is a photo of the outside of the Alte Staatsgalerie. Tip #1: Don’t try to go in those doors like we did – they don’t open! Go to the museum entrance at the Neue Staatsgalerie.
The Staatsgalerie has an enormous collection of European 14th to 21st century art as well as American avant-garde after 1945. You can see some works from Renoir, Monet, Burne-Jones, Cézanne, Manet, Gauguin, Picasso, and Rembrandt as well as pieces from some lesser known artists.
There is currently an Oskar Schlemmer exhibit in a section of the Neue Staatsgalerie running from November 21, 2014 – April 6, 2015. Most museum visitors seemed to be interested in this exhibit rather than the permanent collection at the gallery which is what our tour group saw. Our tour guide commended us on choosing a tour of the permanent gallery because the Schlemmer exhibit is so busy these days. Tip #2: If you’re planning to visit the Schlemmer exhibit, try to go first thing in the morning and on a weekday if possible to avoid the crowds.
How to get there: The Staatsgalerie is located at Konrad-Adenauer-Str. 30-32 in Stuttgart and is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am – 6pm (with evening hours until 8pm on Thursdays). If using public transportation to get to the museum, you can take the U-Bahn on lines U1, U2, U4, U9 or U14 or the bus on lines 40, 42, 44 to the Staatsgalerie stop. The cost of admission is 12 Euros (or 10 Euros for reduced fares). Please visit the Staatsgalerie website for more information on hours, pricing, directions, collections, and exhibits.
Have you been to the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart? Can you recommend any other museums in Stuttgart that I should see?