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Schwarzenegger museum opens on Arnold’s birthday

Tourists flocked to the modest yellow house in the small village of Thal, where the former California governor lived from birth in 1947 until 1966, when he left to compete in the Mr Universe competition.

On display are the action man’s childhood bed, his dumbbells, a sword from Conan the Barbarian and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle used in the Terminator franchise.

Schwarzenegger, who celebrated his birthday with friends in California, has given his blessing to the project.

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Museum co-ordinator Helga Forstner tells the BBC, “He was a little farm boy and his career was so exciting and so special and I think the Austrian people are really proud.

“He always comes to visit Thal when he is in Austria. He came here on 21 June and he was really excited about the exhibits.”

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