Schwarzenegger museum opens in Austria

Photo Credit: Reuters – Heinz-Peter Bader

By Kim Palacios He may well be the most famous (or infamous) Austrian since Hitler, and now Arnold Schwarzenegger has his own museum. Schwarzenegger visited his native town of Thal (a suburb of Austria’s second largest city, Graz) to dedicate the shrine to himself, the Arnold Schwarzenegger Geburtshaus (translated as “house of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s birth”)

“It is a little house that stands here behind us, it is an old house, it has been repainted in yellow and it has been freshly renovated. But it was here that I spent my youth,” said the former California Governor. “It is my great wish that everyone who visits this museum fully understands that everyone can be successful in their own way. Everyone.”

The museum contains artifacts from Schwarzenegger’s life and career, including an impressive collection of film memorabilia and a larger-than-life bronze statue of the star from his bodybuilding days. Hundreds of fans and members of the press were in attendance. Apple strudel was served.

The warm welcome Schwarzenegger received in Austria comes in the wake of a rocky relationship between the icon and the region of his birth in recent years. After facing heat from Austrians because of his position on the Iraq war and capital punishment in California several years ago, he demanded that his name be stripped from a stadium named in his honor and he returned The Ring of Honor, which he had received from the city of Graz.

Photo Credit: Reuters – Heinz-Peter Bader

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