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.

Eurovision Museum in Húsavík: What memorabilia do you want on display?

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.

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Ben
Ben
1 month ago

All the ones you said in the video, but also – The Buranovskiye Babushki’s oven – The Slavic Girl’s buckets – The cannons from Yodel It! – Valentina Monetta’s IKEA lamp, giant seashell, or computer – Something with Can Bonomo’s boat – Mr. Lordi and Serhat’s hats – The clothesline from Pokušaj – Svetlana Loboda’s industrial hamster wheels – Dmitry Koldun, Ani Lorak, Sergey Lazarev (x2), and DoReDos’ walls – Paula and Ovi’s double piano and ring piano – Some of The Humans’ mannequins – The flute from Only Teardrops – The ice cream cart from France’s 2018 Junior Eurovision… Read more »

raspadinha
raspadinha
1 month ago

The toy instrument that Spain 2008 used as a prop!

MartyMcCu
MartyMcCu
2 months ago

On a serious note: Original 7” singles of songs of the 1956 contest. On a lighter note : Dustin the Turkey and on a joke note Hataris complete gear ! 🙂 You can add Silvia Nights slide too!

Last edited 2 months ago by MartyMcCu
LILY
2 months ago

Alexander Rybak’s violin from 2009

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
2 months ago

Einar’s hammer at a bare minimum. If they can’t manage to get even that than there’s no way they’re going to be able to acquire anything else.

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
2 months ago

Waxworks of William Lee Adams and Deban Aderemi

Jana
Jana
2 months ago

Mahmood’s shirt from Grand Final

Richard
Richard
2 months ago

Dima Bilan’s jacket.

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago

The double piano of Romania 2010 and maybe the circular keyboard from 2013?

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

And Duncan’s piano!

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Netta’s instrument!

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

The epic sax guy’s sax and the Doredos set-up!

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Estonia’s 2018 gown.

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Think, Whisker, think! LOL

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

UK’s 2017 and 2018 set ups.

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Ireland’s 2018 hot air balloon!

Cléa
Cléa
2 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

The hot-air balloon was in 2017 but your ideas are great!

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago
Reply to  Cléa

Yes you are right, it was in 2017! And thank you!

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Real life size wax figures of all Denmark 2018, plus the white flag and some snow storm simulation. With the Icelandic!!!!!! chant in the background!

raspadinha
raspadinha
1 month ago
Reply to  Whisker

Lmao

Iliah Grant Altoro
2 months ago

HAMSTER WHEEL, PLEASE!!! And, obviously, something from ABBA!

Kirby
Kirby
2 months ago

* Dana’s cube where she sat on while singing “All Kinds of Everything” * The puppets and grinding organ of Mouth & MacNeal (Netherlands 1974) * Dustin the Turkey’s shopping trolley * Sir Cliff Richard’s “Congratulations” outfit * Dana Internationational’s feathered jacket by J.P. Gaultier * The Salon of Massive Dresses: Moldova 2013, Estonia 2018 and Australia 2019 * Francesco Gabbani’s gorilla * t.A.T.u.’s 2003 T-shirts * Dschinghis Khan costume (Germany 1979) * Ukraine 2014 hamster wheel (made “interactive” for visitors) * A special children’s corner with La Venda (Spain 2019) staging adapted for them * A special workshop room… Read more »

Pancake
Pancake
2 months ago

Items I think should be in the Eurovision Husavik Museum? * Barbara Dex awards winners Outfits * Costumes from the previous winners or contestants of Eurovision (ABBA, Netta, Celine Dion, Eleni Foureira, Jamala, Verka and Buck Fizz are a must) * Something from the National Finals (Danny Saucedo’s Cardboard staging this year, Dotter’s mirror top from Bulletproof, Raylee’s and the Mama’s outfits, etc.) * Costumes from The Eurovision Movie * Probably some memorabilia from the past editions like a promotion signs and countdown clocks. * A video hall where people can look at contestants interviews as if they were paintings.… Read more »

ZZ19
ZZ19
2 months ago

Celine’s tutu!

Unknown earthling
Unknown earthling
2 months ago

Probably the costumes of all the winner or most

AMAAN STORM
AMAAN STORM
2 months ago

*Verka Serduchka’s head piece
*The Babushki oven
*Conchita Wurst’s gold dress as worn on the big night of her win.
*Netta’s Chinese cat set up from her performance
*Ukraines hamster wheel
*Elina Nechayeva (Estonia 2018) light up ball gown.
*Lordi’s sceptre.
*Bucks Fizz skirts
*Donatan & Cleo (Poland) butter churn and washboard
*The Olsen Brothers guitars
*Dana International’s ‘Diva’ parrot feather dress designed by Gaultier.
*Make Make’s (Austria) fire piano
*Epic Sax man’s Saxophone (Moldova)
*Azerbaijan 2013 (Mahmod) glass case
*Romania 2014 circular keyboard

Alex
Alex
2 months ago
Reply to  AMAAN STORM

Conchita’s dress is in Vienna museum.

raylee
raylee
2 months ago
Reply to  AMAAN STORM

Hey Azerbaijan 2013 was not Mahmood , It’s Farid Mammedov*

AMAAN STORM
AMAAN STORM
2 months ago
Reply to  raylee

Ooops! Thank you for correcting me Raylee! I was half asleep when I wrote that comment:)

Una
Una
2 months ago

Too many ideas, too little time.

  1. Sigrit’s offerings to the elves.
  2. Sigrit and Lars’ original application tape for the contest.
Rúben
Rúben
2 months ago

Conan Osiris eurovision outfit must be there

AMAAN STORM
AMAAN STORM
2 months ago

They simply MUST have Barbra Dex’s outfit as the main showpiece at the venue!

Coco
Coco
2 months ago

I saw an interview on wiwibloggs, and Valentina has Crisalide’s orb under a table. Put that orb in the museum. We need that place empty for esc 2022.

Coco
Coco
2 months ago
Reply to  Coco

Valentina’s backyard needs to be empty.

Leo
Leo
2 months ago
Reply to  Coco

If SM wins, I probably think it would be in Bologna (Senhit’s hometown), Parma, or somewhere else in Emilia Romagna or Marche. It does have to have a roof…

raylee
raylee
2 months ago

I remember when i was in a Greek island Mykonos in summer 2003 and i was shocked when i saw children putting tablecloths on their clothes and dancing like Sertab Erener 😀 It was such a beautiful view. Sertab’s dress was also iconic i’d like to see it too

Last edited 2 months ago by raylee
matte
matte
2 months ago

Sorry, but to me, this seems really ridiculous and kind of non-sential. I have nothing against creating some museum there, but they’re taking it too serious, overestimating its real impact.

Eurovision deserves an official, EBU operated museum, which would adequately and with dignity represent the contest. Museum, that would be designed only for this purpose and that would be located somewhere like Geneva, Stockholm, Lugano etc. (any place with a real connection to the ESC).

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
2 months ago
Reply to  matte

The EBU is a broadcasting union, not a museum operator. Geneva and Stockholm are, for many people, expensive places to visit and stay. Why not decentralise Eurovision museums and have multiple sites of interest? Not everything in the world needs to be in London-New York-Paris-Geneva-Tokyo-Milan-etc. I’m not sure why you think Iceland’s museum would be undignified, I’m sure they’ll do a great job. The people of Husavik are clearly very passionate about the same thing we are all passionate about here. No need to rain on their parade dear 😉

Last edited 2 months ago by Jimmy Smit
Sabrina
Sabrina
2 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

It would be cool to have a collection of itens that could travel between the competing countries. Let’s say after 2 or 3 months, they would go to another country. By the time it gets to a country for the second time, new itens would be already available.

Alaska
Alaska
2 months ago

The word BOP in a big neon light at the entrance of the museum, honouring all über-passionate underage wiwi-commentators.

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago
Reply to  Alaska

SO FUNNY! I love this!

raylee
raylee
2 months ago

I’d like to see Ruslana , Kalomira and Hadise

Leo
Leo
2 months ago
Reply to  raylee

I have often joked that the latter’s costume was very similar to Jesy Nelson’s in Reggaeton Lento (or vice versa as RLR was 8 years later) – that would be a good idea. I would also like Netta’s costume designer, Barbara Dex, Vretakos Vrettas (Cyprus 2018) and Mary Stepanyan (Armenia 2020, as this should never be allowed to be forgotten, and Stepanyan’s costumes were iconic).

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
2 months ago

One hundred maneki-neko.

Bryn
Bryn
2 months ago

Elenis jumpsuit from fuego

Leo
Leo
2 months ago
Reply to  Bryn

Even better, her naked outfit for covering Lasha Tumbai, designed by the same designer!

William Lee Adams
Admin
2 months ago

This may be the best idea I have ever heard!!!

Aeria
Aeria
2 months ago

They should keep the clothes worn by all Barbara Dex Award winners, haha

William Lee Adams
Admin
2 months ago

Interactive hamster wheel from Loboda or Mariya Yaremchuk, please!

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
2 months ago

Ohmygosh, yes! 😀

viris
viris
2 months ago

And Melovin’s coffin-piano!

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
2 months ago

Eric Saade’s red jacket and black four-belted top from his performance of Popular – Sweden 2011.

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
2 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

It’s a must!

Paul
Paul
2 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

The whole outfit!

Chris
Chris
2 months ago

The dress of Kaiti Garbi, Greece 1993

Stamos
Stamos
1 month ago
Reply to  Chris

Stamos

Stamos
Stamos
1 month ago
Reply to  Stamos

Eleni’s foureira outfit with fires behind it…imagine this.!!