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Arnold Schwarzenegger Museum

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, one of Austria’s greatest celebrities has his own museum in the village where he was born. We had a look at the Terminators humble roots near Graz in Styria.

The Arnold Schwarzenegger Museum is located in the former childhood home of Arnold Schwarzenegger, where they have also preserved the kitchen and for some reason the toilet in its original state. The rest of the rooms are devoted to the bodybuilder, his film career and of course the years as Governor of California. You find the museum in the village of Thal, just 15 minutes by car from the Styrian capital Graz in south eastern Austria.

From childhood to governor

The museum is not large, only 200 m2, but it has filled it to the brim with objects from his childhood, his time as a bodybuilder, film actor and of course his time in public office as Governor of California. They even found room for the wardrobe with content from his time as a soldier in the Austrian army. Lifelike mannequins show Arnold Schwarzenegger in some of his film roles and as a bodybuilder. In addition, one of the “robots” in the Terminator films has got the job as an exhibit in the museum. Here you get the chance to stand face-to-face with a frightening Skynet robot. Perfect for some cool selfies.

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  • Arnold Schwarzenegger Museum, Thal, Styria, Austria
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    The governor's desk has found it's way from Sacramento, California to little Thal, Austria. Photo: Arnold Weisz ©
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    In this kitchen, mother Schwarzenegger made Arnold favourit foods. Among other things, apple strudel (Apfelstrudel). Photo: Arnold Weisz ©
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    Doesn't it take more equipment than this to become Mr. Universe five times and Mr. Olympia seven times? Photo: Arnold Weisz ©
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    Skynet sent a lot of robots to take the Terminator. One of them stands at the museum - without being aggressive. Photo: Arnold Weisz ©
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    Arnie's life is little Thal's best known attraction. Photo: Arnold Weisz ©

Small but interesting

The Arnold Schwarzenegger Museum may not reflect the size of the man’s many careers and it takes about an hour to look good at the museum and listen to the audio guide. Even for those who are not of his greatest fans, it may be interesting to see how to work out from insignificant existence in a small Austrian village, to Hollywood superstar and to govern California (US state with 38 million inhabitants and the world eighth largest economy).

Idyllic Thal

The former childhood home and the museum is located in a lovely valley just west of Graz in a small village called Thal. Arnold Schwarzenegger lived in this house, which was built in 1806 and originally was the house of Count Herberstein and Eggenberg’s park ranger, from his birth in 1947 to 1966. In the vicinity of the village there is a small lake, Thalersee, where you can wander on the “Arnold Schwarzenegger Wanderweg”. Chose between three routes of 3.5km, 9.5km or 13.5km respectively. There is a nice restaurant by the lake as well.

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Written by Arnold Weisz

Arnold Weisz

Globetrotting multilingual communications specialist born in Vienna, Austria – with passion for scuba diving, golf and culinary delights! 15 years of experience as a scuba- and travel reporter for among others: X-Ray Dive Magazine and Dykking.