Abba museum tickets hot -- and it isn't even open yet.
About 3,000 tickets have been sold to a Stockholm museum dedicated to the band Abba, but those who have laid down cash will have to wait months before being allowed insideStockholm -- At one time, they were Sweden's biggest economic export, bringing in more money to the taxpayer than Volvos and furniture, and Abba's popularity shows no sign of waning.
In the same week that the film adaption of the hit Abba musical Mamma Mia! hit screens across the globe, it was revealed that the museum to the world's favourite Swedes has already sold 3000 tickets to inquisitive fans- one year before it is due to open.
During the 1970s and 1980s Abba achieved worldwide fame with a string of hits across the globe, including 'Take a chance on me', 'Gimme gimme gimme' and 'Dancing queen'.
The band themselves are famous for a reclusive public lifestyle. but that has not stopped a flurry of media attention around the exhibition, with an estimated 2,300 newspaper articles around the world on the subject.
"It is a fantastic breakthrough and gives us confidence," said museum-founder Ewa Wigenheim-Westman with regard to the news.
" We understood that interest would be big, but could never have believed that it would be like this" she told Stockholm's Dagens Nyheter.
Rather than simply being a collection of memorabilia, the museum will be an interactive experience, allowing fans to dance and sing along with Abba songs.
The museum, to be housed in a former toll house on Stockholm's fashionable Soedermalm island, is being backed by a number of unnamed private investors but has little connection with the band themselves.
The band recently appeared together for the first time in decades at the premiere of Mama Mia!, which stars Pierce Brosnan and Stellan Skarsgaard among others.
Dominic Hinde/Dagens Nyheter