October 08, 2011 02:06:44 GMT
Returning to his hometown of Thal in Austria, the former California governor takes part in the official inauguration of a museum located in the house where he was born.
Arnold Schwarzenegger has traveled back to his hometown in Austria to inaugurate a museum dedicated to his legacy. On Friday, October 7, the former California governor visited the Arnold Schwarzenegger Museum to officially open the Arnold Schwarzenegger Museum and unveil a bronze statue of himself.
Braving the rain and autumn chill, the estranged husband of Maria Shriver uncovered the statue that portrays him flexing his muscles in trunks during his early bodybuilding days. The Guardian reported that his 8-foot likeness was bronzed in Idaho before it was sent to the village of Thal where the museum is located.
Arnold's museum, which has opened its doors since July 30, is set up in the first-floor flat where the "Terminator" star lived as a boy. Several of his personal items from his childhood and teenage years, including his bed and first weight-training equipment, as well as life-size "Terminator" models and his polished wood governor's desk are on display.
During the ceremony which was cut short by pouring rain, Arnold said, "For me, this is not only a museum. It is also a symbol of will ... everyone has a chance." The actor, who was accompanied by son Patrick Schwarzenegger also advised fans to always stay hungry. " 'Stay hungry!' - That was one of my first movies. And that has always been my philosophy of life. That's the message this house shall send," he explained.