Schwarzenegger Museum Opens in Austria


The world’s first museum dedicated to former “Governator” and Mister Universe Arnold Schwarzenegger opened its doors for his 64th birthday in his childhood home in southern Austria.

The “Styrian Oak” himself was absent for the event, but Schwarzenegger will attend a grander opening at a later date, organizers said.

Museum co-ordinator Helga Forstner said, “He was a little farm boy and his career was so exciting and so special and I think the Austrian people are really proud.

“He always comes to visit Thal when he is in Austria. He came here on 21 June and he was really excited about the exhibits.”

Visitors, mostly locals, gathered for a first look at the two-story light yellow house in Thal, southern Styria, restored to look as it did when Schwarzenegger first came into the world on July 30, 1947.

Among the 1,000 objects and photos on display are his very first weights, with which the future champion bodybuilder started training, as well as the desk behind which he sat as California governor.

Monitors also recall Schwarzenegger’s Hollywood career, with trailers from his various films, while a life-size model of his “Terminator” stands in a corner.

Exactly when Schwarzenegger will visit his first home for the grand opening was still unclear, but he was expected to bring with him a 10-foot (three-meter) high bronze statue he commissioned from a US artist to adorn the outside of the museum.

The former bodybuilder, actor and politician has sought to revive his film career since leaving the California governor’s office earlier this year, but has mostly made headlines lately over his divorce from Maria Shriver after admitting in May that he had fathered a child with the couple’s former housekeeper.

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