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Icelandic town of Husavik plans to create Eurovision museum

Husavik, a town in Iceland, plans to develop a museum inspired by Netflix movie Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.

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Husavik was one of the main locations for the movie and gained attention last year it was released on Netflix, starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams.

The town has secured government funding of approximately 2 million ISK ($15,840) to open a temporary museum, which would revitalise Husavik (via Reuters).

It will be located in a building that previously housed an Exploration Museum. It is set to operate for two years, and could then become a small permanent exhibition.

The project is the brainchild of entrepreneur Orly Orlyson. He revealed that the museum would be split into three sections, one dedicated to the movie, one for the Eurovision Song Contest, and one for Söngvakeppnin.

“We saw that following the movie a window of opportunities opened to make something more around the story of Eurovision,” Orlyson told Icelandic broadcaster RÚV. “The movie speaks to a certain niche group of fans and we want to get them to Husavik.”

2 million ISK to open temporary museum

The attraction will include dresses from the film, movie props, and costumes worn by Icelandic contestants at Eurovision. The museum is in discussions with contestants, including two winners, about borrowing their memorabilia.

“We want the experience to be very interactive, and we want people to sort of get to know what Eurovision is all about,” Orlyson told wiwibloggs.

“Not only the technical aspects and personal aspects of the spirit of the contest, but we are also looking for costumes and props from former contestants.”

This year’s Eurovision Song Contest will be held between May 18 and May 22 in Rotterdam. The museum aims to open in May 2021.

Snøhetta recently unveiled plans to redesign and expand the Kon-Tiki Museum, which is based in Oslo and dedicated to Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl.

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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