King Wilhelm’s Palace reflects around 170 years of Stuttgart’s history. The palace was built in 1840 by the court architect Giovanni Salucci for the princesses Marie and Sophie, the daughters of King Wilhelm I of Württemberg. This is where Württemberg’s monarchy came to an end in 1918 – on 9th Nov. 1918 revolutionaries forced their way into the building; on 30th Nov. King Wilhelm II abdicated. Misappropriated under the National Socialists as the ‛Museum des Volkstums’ (Museum of Ethnicity), destroyed in 1944 during World War II and rebuilt in 1961 as the public library, it is currently undergoing conversion to serve a new purpose as the Stadtmuseum Stuttgart (City of Stuttgart Museum). No other building in Stuttgart could be more suited than King Wilhelm’s Palace to house the future City Museum, which will elucidate the state capital’s past and present and provide a forum for discussions about the city’s future. The main focus will be on the city’s history, urban life and architecture.
The City of Stuttgart Museum is scheduled to open in 2017.