'ABBA The Museum' to Open in May

| by Michael Allen
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The Swedish band ABBA is getting its own museum in Stockholm, Sweden. After months of construction, ABBA The Museum is set to open on May 7.

“We’re going to offer visitors a unique experience,” museum director Mattias Hansson told AFP.

The museum includes many ABBA's sequined costumes, gold records, and recreations of the disco band's recording studio and dressing rooms.

Using a computer simulation, ABBA fans will be able to join the band on stage and record a song.

Another room is dedicated to the ABBA tune "Ring, Ring" and features a telephone that may actually ring with one of the four members on the line.

“It was Frida’s idea … so of course she’ll call,” said curator Ingmarie Halling, referring to ABBA member Anni-Frid (Frida) Lyngstad.

“They’ve lent us lots of stuff and I call them to tell them my ideas and they say, ‘Sure, go ahead,'" added Halling, who was the band’s stylist from 1976 to 1980.

Tickets for the museum are $30 and have been sold out for the first few weeks, reports Salon.com

ABBA won the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest with their tune "Waterloo," which was followed by numerous hits. ABBA last appeared on stage together in 1982, but never officially broke up.

There have been rumors of a reunion after the foursome appeared at the movie premiere of "Mamma Mia! The Movie" in 2008.

ABBA member Agnetha Faeltskog, long thought to be the holdout for a reunion, said she would consider it in 2011.

Benny Andersson and Bjoern Ulvaeus have occasionally performed together live, but Ulvaeus denied their would be a full reunion in 2008.

Source: AFP, Salon.com, ABBATheMuseum.com