Örlygur Hnefill Örlygsson has stated that Húsavík’s new Eurovision Museum is set to open this August.
According to Örlygur Hnefill Örlygsson, founder of the Exploration Museum in Húsavik, the new Eurovision Museum will be open next month. So far the Icelandic Government has approved an ISK 2 Million (~€13,000) grant to support the creation of a Eurovision-themed museum in the town of Húsavík. $6,725 so far has also been raised via The Húsavík Eurovision Museum project crowdfunding page.
The small fishing town became a well-known name across the world after it was the setting for the Netflix film Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, making it the perfect location for a Eurovision museum. The song “Húsavik” from the film “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” was one of the nominees at this year’s Oscar for “Best Original Song”. The song was performed live in Húsavik as part of the TV ceremony and despite not winning the Performance has since become the most-watched clip of the 2021 Oscar on Youtube.
According to Örlygur, the Eurovision Museum will consist of three main exhibitions. The first exhibit looks at the history of the Icelandic qualifier contest “Söngkeppnin”. The second part of the museum is dedicated to the Eurovision movie and Húsavík’s role in the story of “Fire Saga”. The third section will tell the continental story of the contest and its participant countries through the years.
So far, the team behind the Húsavík Eurovision Museum have been collaborating with RÚV the Icelandic EBU member TV station which takes part in the song contest as well as FÁSES, Iceland’s official Eurovision fan club in order to establish the Eurovision Museum. The EBU has also expressed its interest to assist the project in becoming a reality.
This would not be the first time a Eurovision Museum was opened. In 2016 the year Stockholm was hosting the contest the local ABBA Museum hosted a pop-up exhibition dedicated to the Eurovision Song Contest called ”GOOD EVENING EUROPE!”. This however has never intended to be a long-term Eurovision Museum and has since been closed. The team at the ABBA Museum is working with Húsavík to help set up the new Eurovision Museum using their experience gained in 2016 from their Eurovision exhibition.