Germany’s Beatles museum to close owing to lack of enthusiastic fans
London: Beatlemania, the Beatles museum in Hamburg, the city where the band regularly played for two years between 1960 and 1962, is set to close due to lack of interest from the public.
According to the Hamburger Morgenpost newspaper, the five-storey museum built near the sit of early gigs by the band will shut its doors at the end of the month after only three years.
Despite containing more than 1,000 items of memorabilia, Folkert Koopmanns, the museum manager, claims Hamburg city council had not provided it with enough support.
There has also not been enough interest from Beatles fans, with only 150,000 people visiting it since it opened back in May 2009.
“In view of the high deficits, there is no solution left but closure, if you want to act responsibly,” the Telegraph quoted Koopmanns as saying.
“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.
Of the exhibits, some will be put into storage, but others could be closed.
“We had many hopes and wishes ... unfortunately, only some of them were fulfilled in the city which John Lennon used to say he became an adult,” he added.
In the early 1960s, The Beatles, who had not yet became world-famous, played in several clubs in the area, including the Star-Club, Kaiserkeller, Top Ten and Indra.