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Hamburg lets it be as Beatles museum closes

The Local · 5 Jun 2012, 07:54

Published: 05 Jun 2012 07:54 GMT+02:00

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Blaming a lack of state funding, museum bosses are to close the five-storey museum at the end of June after just three years, the Hamburger Morgenpost newspaper reported on Monday.

The museum, which told the entire Beatles story from the raucous Hamburg days to the acrimonious split, contained over 1,000 exhibits, some of which had never before been on show. But according to museum manager Folkert Koopmanns, Hamburg city council had not provided it with enough support.

Around 150,000 people have been to the museum since its opening in May 2009 - too few to cover the costs of the building and the necessary licenses.

"In view of the high deficits, there is no solution left but closure, if you want to act responsibly," said Koopmanns.

"A privately-run museum as big as Beatlemania is condemned to fail without public support. That's a fact that we fought against until enthusiasm turned into resignation - a bitter experience."

He said that all discussions with the city council about potential initiatives or ideas to increase the number of visitors had failed. All coupons and tickets that have already been bought will only be valid until the end of the month.

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09:58 June 5, 2012 by pigsnuck
Who would go to that anyway? My Grandma?
11:57 June 5, 2012 by DoubleDTown
pisnuck is exactly right. Beatles fans have to get over their bizarre world view in which everyone else in the world is a de facto Beatles fan.
14:15 June 5, 2012 by MrPC
My young son is a huge Beatles fan so I guess we'll have to go. That said the Beatles were a bunch of naives that were long over 30 years ago musically speaking. Promotion is a powerful tool in show business and its kept the Beatles way over their sell by date in my opinion. At the same time that serious music like Jazz was making tremendous strides those cream puffs were selling out baseball stadiums.
18:27 June 5, 2012 by IchBinKönig
The Beatles still are great! But do they need a permanent 5 storey museum, 30+ years after their dissolution? Subsidized by Tax Payers? Well, at least they're not as old, boring and monotonous as jazz is. Do they even listen to Jazz outside of White Soulless Europe anymore?
18:43 June 5, 2012 by Englishted
Each to their own as far as musical taste (or lack of it ) is concerned.

But as for a 5 storey museum maybe in Liverpool or even London but although the fab five were in Hamburg it was before fame and fortune came their way and was only for a short time.
23:51 June 5, 2012 by MrPC
Exactly Englishted, some people's taste is all in their mouths. As for Jazz, check out all the wonderful young players in the US and Asia as well as in Europe. Welcome to planet earth IchBinKönig, bet you don't know anything about Opera either. Thats OK, the Beatles never wrote one.
15:30 June 13, 2012 by Rhino111
I guess the museum failed, in my mind, due to poor marketing. I have known the museum exists, but I haven't been attracted to it primarily because it has all the front door appeal of a tourist trap. I don't go to tourist traps.

I love the Beatles, grew up with them, and would love to see the museum. But haven't gone because I had no reason to believe it was legit.
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