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Arnold Schwarzenegger museum opens in Austria

Meanwhile, the opening of Mel Gibson's Holocaust Museum pushed back due to lack of funding

Arnie's getting the first positive PR in months with the launch of the Schwarzenegger Museum in his hometown of Thal, Austria.

The attraction is actually Arnie's childhood home. The one he grew up in without electricity or running water. It is done mostly in 50s style (he was born in 1947), including the original kitchen fittings and the bed the current Governor of California slept in as a kid.

There's also a room that's been set up as an exact replica of the Governator's Sacramento office. With a framed picture of Maria Shriver on the desk — ah, the good ole days.

There museum makes no mention of Schwarzenegger's current scandals (you know — secret love-child, affair with the help, pending divorce — that old chestnut). Arnie is said to have visited the property in June and given the attraction his blessing. He is rumoured to return later in the year for a belated opening party.

Thal is near Graz, Austria's second largest city, and one of the best preserved old towns in Central Europe.

Which Aussie politician should have his or her own museum?

Related: Austria's most effed-up festival: devils and maidens

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