ABBA the Museum to be Opened in Stockholm
    2012-10-04 20:22:57       Web Editor: Zhang

Bjorn Ulvaeus, one of the original members of ABBA, spoke at the press conference in Stockholm on Oct. 3. [Photo: Chen Xuefei/]

The world famous band ABBA which has written the Swedish music history is set to open a museum next May to show its history and revive people's memory of the good old days. CRI's Chen Xuefei was present at a press conference in Stockholm and filed this report.

Ann: Mattias Hansson, Managing Director of ABBA The Museum tells us why they come up with the idea of building such a museum.

"There is musical heritage sprung from ABBA, so we want to manifest in a special place, to let people come and continuously explore the magical song of ABBA. "

With sales of 378 million albums around the world, ABBA remains Sweden's most successful band of all time. ABBA The Museum will span the band's career all the way from the start in 1970 via the breakthrough with "Waterloo" in 1974, the grand world tours and finally, the split in 1983.

The museum is also the result of the touring exhibition known as ABBAWorld that was mounted in London, Prague, Sydney, Melbourne and Budapest during the period of 2009-2011.

One of the original member of ABBA Bj?rn Vlvaeus told reporters in Swedish that ABBA created so many good music and songs through ten years time. Thus it is worthwhile to build a museum to continue to appreciate them.

Hansson sees the museum as a positive sign of reviving the music.

"There is daily or weekly new figures out there and extremely popular they continue to be around the world. I like to see it as an opportunity for those who have any memory of ABBA or who has just experience that to come here and get the full ABBA experience. "

Hansson said the Beatles museum in Liverpool is somewhat one of their inspirators.
In fact, ABBA Gold still set new sales records in England and ABBA's musical Mamma Mia has sold over 50 million tickets since its launch.

The museum which is still under construction is located at the Swedish Music Hall of Fame, at Djurgardsvagen 68, and five minutes walk from the Vasa museum.

In addition to the ABBA Museum, The Swedish Music Hall of Fame will also hold Swedish temporary and permanent music exhibitions from 1920s to present day.

There will also be courses aimed at schools and music lovers in the museum.
With an area of 5000 square meters, the museum is set to open in April or May 2013.

For CRI, this is Chen Xuefei reporting from Stockholm.

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