Last year the epic Netflix Eurovision movie didn’t just tell the story of Lars and Sigrit — it also put the Icelandic town of Húsavík on the map. And now a local museum about the history of Eurovision is set to open for two years.
The idea of the museum came along after the release of “Eurovision Song Contest: The story of Fire Saga”, the musical comedy that took the Eurovision fandom by storm in 2020. With Iceland playing a big role in the movie, and Húsavík being one of the main locations for it, the local entrepreneur Örlygur Hnefill Örlygsson decided to seize the opportunity.
“We saw that following the movie a window of opportunities opened to make something more around the story of Eurovision,” he tells Icelandic broadcaster RÚV. “The movie speaks to a certain niche group of fans and we want to get them to Húsavík.”
And now the museum has gotten the support of the Icelandic government, who granted the soon-to-be opened Eurovision museum a grant of 2,000,000 ISK (around 13,000 EUR) for the financial preparations. Other collaborators for the project are the Húsavík Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, RÚV, EBU, and Netflix.
The museum already has the space — a 300 square meter house owned by the curator himself. Örlygur hopes to have fully financed the project in the coming weeks and the opening is scheduled for May, or at the latest this summer. The plan is for the museum to have three different sections, one devoted to Söngvakeppnin, one devoted to the Netflix movie and its connection to the town, and one devoted to the history of Eurovision.
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In a talk with wiwibloggs, Örlygur tells us about his vision for the museum.
“We want the experience to be very interactive, and we want people to sort of get to know what Eurovision is all about. 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.”
The museum has already procured some items for the museum, mostly from Icelandic contestants. He confirms that Jóhanna Guðrún, Iceland’s representative from 2009, will lend her blue dress for the display. “It is probably the most beautiful dress ever worn on the stage, in my opinion,” Orly says. The museum also has both of Selma’s outfits, from 1999 and 2005, and the hammer used by Hatari’s drummer Einar in 2019. But Örlygur would like to get more from international contestants.
And Örlygur wants to know what you, the fans, would like to see in a museum about the history of Eurovision. So please shout out your suggestions below!
Are you excited for the new Eurovision museum? What would you like to see in the display? Will you be travelling to Iceland to experience the museum? Tell us in the comments below.