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Eindhoven Museum: Long live the pig!

On Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th of October, the Eindhoven Museum will be putting the pig and the butchery season in the spotlight. The event “Long live the pig!” is a tribute to the pig. In a respectful and festive atmosphere we shall highlight all aspects of the pig.

On Sunday the 27th an exclusive tour will be given for the expat community starting at 1 PM at the Inn within the museum. Come join us to watch, learn, participate and taste! The tour will be in English and will take appox. 1 hour.

The pig came into being between 5000 and 6000 years ago as a domesticated wild boar. Today there are more pigs than people living in the Netherlands; approx. 20 million. About 50 years ago a pig would be butchered in the months of October and November. This was a real family occasion and part of life of the local farmers. Until it was butchered, the pig would be part of the household and sometimes considered to be a friend. Therefore the butchering would often have its sad moments as well. After the event the pig would be hung on a ladder and family and neighbors would come ad admire its fat while enjoying a drink.

Every bit of the butchered pig would be used or as Yvonne Kroonenberg wrote; “Only the ‘oink’ isn’t used”. Therefore we are offering a wide range of activities and demonstrations such as:

• Deboning of the big
• Using the whole pig: from head to tail, entrails, skin and hair.
• Various historic preparation methods
• Tasting various old regional recipes
• Working with skins and bones
• Films over the pig

Please Note: of course we do not wish to show anyone something they don’t wish to see. The Eindhoven Museum will make sure that it is clearly indicated which exhibits may not suitable for small children so that parents can make an informed decision.

For more information and prices please see: The Eindhoven Museum


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  • Julie A.

    I've never been here before. Does anyone know where I can park? I don't know where the Inn is.

    October 25, 2013

    • Paul D.

      There are various places to park near the museum: At the driving school on the Boutenslaan or in front of the Milleu Educatie Centrum on the Geneperweg. You will find the "Inn" immediatly after entering the museum.

      October 25, 2013

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