A museum which pays tribute to late METALLICA bassist Cliff Burton has officially opened in the municipality of Ljungby in Sweden, close to the site where Burton died in that tragic tour bus accident in 1986.
The museum. which officially opened Saturday, May 14, includes pictures, albums, posters and tickets, as well as interviews and photos from the first photographer at the crash site, Lennart Wennberg from the Swedish newspaper Expressen. Attendees can also watch footage of recollections from first responders to the bus crash site as well as a stage that recreates METALLICA‘s last performance with Burton in Stockholm complete with replicas of the bass and drum kit he and drummer Lars Ulrich used.
A memorial stone dedicated to Cliff was erected in September 2006 at the Gyllene Rasten restaurant/bar in Dörarp (outside Ljungby), 20 years after Burton died just down the road from the site.
The organizers tell Guitar World: “We primarily want to honor Cliff Burton, who died so tragically in the middle of his career, and talk about who he was as a person and a musician. Our second main purpose is to create a meeting place for all those who seek the memorial site in the small community of Dörarp. We want to continue the fine work that the fans started when they started raising funds to make Cliff’s memorial stone.”
A new association, Bergabygden’s culture and tourism, was awarded SEK 300,000 (approximately $32,000) from the Swedish National Heritage Board, a government agency responsible for world heritage sites and other national heritage monuments and historical environments, to help start the museum.
Ljungby historian Krister Ljungberg, who is involved with the museum, told SVT in 2021 that he had received numerous messages of support from METALLICA fans from around the world. Included was a video from a group of METALLICA fans in Mexico who asked how they could help build the museum.
“I’m not a huge fan of METALLICA, but I usually say that I’m the biggest fan of METALLICA fans,” Ljungberg said. “I really love these people; they are absolutely amazing.”