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Mamma Mia! Thank you for the (ABBA) museum

A museum dedicated to the Swedish pop band ABBA has opened in the Swedish capital to the delight of the group's fans. The goup disbanded decades ago, but the museum brings ABBA's heyday to life for visitors.

ABBA The Museum, as it's officially called, opened on Tuesday in Stockholm and was immediately filled with die-hard fans of the group.

The museum offers guests "an interactive journey through one of the biggest success stories in music history," according to a press release.

Fans of the Swedish band get to experience the museum with an audio guide narrated by the four band members themselves. The exhibit features iconic costumes worn by the band and a recreation of the legendary Polar Studios.

One exhibit is simply a red phone, meant to represent ABBA's first major hit in 1973, "Ring Ring." The press release cryptically says "only four people in the entire world have the phone number" to the museum's red phone.

Bjorn Ulvaeus, one of the four members of ABBA, is involved in the day to day work at the museum. He also posted a message on the museum's website touting the fact that ABBA The Museum is to be entirely cashless. He sees it as a method of reducing crime, and sees Sweden as a good candidate to lead the charge.

"We at Swedish Music Hall of Fame and ABBA the Museum want to be in the vanguard of this revolution and if this means a small inconvenience for you, please bear with us," Ulvaeus wrote.

ABBA are famous for hits such as Thank You for the Music, Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia, and Waterloo, which won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974.

mz/msh (AFP, dpa)