The “Museum for Stuttgart” and all its history, spanning from the 19th century to present, will celebrate its opening with a festival called “Welcome to the Stadtplalais.” The Stadtpalais, formerly known as Wilhelmspalais, was built between 1834 and 1840 by the popular architect Giovanni Salucci for Princesses Marie and Sophie, the daughters of King Wilhelm I of Württemberg in the classical style. The building was destroyed during World War II in 1944 and rebuilt between 1961 and 1965. It then housed the city library until 2011 (the city library “Stadtbibliothek” is now located at Mailänder Platz adjacent to the Milaneo Shopping Mall).
The building will now house the City Museum Stuttgart to reflect on the city’s past and present. The museum will also serve as a forum to discuss Stuttgart’s future. The focus will be on Stuttgart’s history, urban development and architecture.
On Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m., Dr. Fabian Mayer, Stuttgart Mayor for Culture, will open the museum’s doors to the public. The “museum pirates” will take over and kick off the children’s fest with many hands-on activities and entertainment until 6 p.m.
During the opening festival, lectures, musical entertainment, tours, special exhibitions and parties will be held. Admission to all exhibitions, tours and special events will be free, except to the Palais Party nights April 14 starting at 10 p.m., and April 21 starting at 11 p.m. Tickets cost between €8 and €15 and can be purchased online at www.0711tickets.de, or at the museum the night of the event. Purchasing tickets in advance will help you save a few Euros and guarantee entrance as many Stuttgarters are expected to attend the opening parties.