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Abba announces new Stockholm museum

The Local · 3 Oct 2012, 16:25

Published: 03 Oct 2012 16:25 GMT+02:00

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“I had been a little doubtful of being a museum artifact before I’m dead,” said band member Björn Ulvaeus in a statement Wednesday, according to the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper (SvD).

“As it’s been such a frightfully long time, I can take a step back and take a different perspective and see that I had the chance to be part of a pop phenomenon. It’s a Cinderella story that’s well worth telling, and that’s what we’re doing here with the Abba Museum in a fun way, full of warmth.”

The museum is scheduled to open in April next year, on the island of Djurgården in central Stockholm, but it has been a long time coming.

An Abba museum was planned to open in the central Stockholm district of Södermalm a few years ago, but plans fell through, and the exhibition was taken on the road in the so called “Abba World” tour.

Now, part of this display will be on show at the new museum, which will be part of the Swedish Music Hall of Fame. The museum will include a range of interactive opportunities for fans, such as the chance to be the fifth member of the band via hologram.

“Many people expect to see some of those strange outfits and the music of course. But other than that, they will be completely surprised. There is really a lot of interactivity from the latest sections,” Ulvaeus told Sveriges Radio.

“Everything that you can experience and see is authorized by all four of us from Abba. We hope that it will be a fun, entertaining, but also an interesting experience,” he said.

The band, which has sold more than 378 million records to date, split up in 1982 and has never reunited.

He said he had little hope of all four Abba members reuniting for the inauguration.

"If they all come I would be very happy, but they decide for themselves," he said.

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According to Swedish daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter, Ulvaeus has offered to serve as a financial guarantor for the Hall of Fame, which is being built with private funds.

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Your comments about this article

19:10 October 3, 2012 by dizzymoe33
This is really nice to hear that there will be a museum to visit in Sweden.
21:06 October 3, 2012 by Steggles
Finally it sounds like it WILL happen!!!!!!

Take control Bjorn & Benny.....Abba's history is not to be messed with by others out to make Money Money Money!
01:40 October 4, 2012 by Eagle63
Very nice! I will surely visit the place (and the SAAB museum, and 'Cruising Lidkoping') on my next trip to Sweden in June..
05:20 October 4, 2012 by dukesy
Great news,we have a museum to The Beatles,(Fab Four) in Liverpool,so its only right that theres a lasting reminder of Swedens `Beatles`....Abba.

In reply to Bjorn`s comment about `being an artifact`....I wouldnt use those words exactly,more like `a popular music Icon,along with Benny and of course Frida and Agnetha. And hopefully all four will be `living artifacts` for many years to come.

Never worked out the cost of a trip to Sweden,from N.E.England, But,this may well tempt me to......of course should all 4 members attend the opening......well that would mean TO HELL WITH THE COST.....I WILL BE THERE
15:38 October 11, 2012 by Morden
you mean made by benny not abba. everything that is being done in the name of abba is made by benny not the entire group.
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