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Schwarzenegger unveils statue of himself at museum in Austria

October 7, 2011 |  8:22 am

Schwarzenegger statue
Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger visited his hometown in Austria on Friday to unveil a towering bronze statue of himself at a museum dedicated to his legacy.

The museum in the village of Thal has been open since July and is in the two-story home where Schwarzenegger grew up. It includes several items that mark significant moments in the actor-turned politician's life, including his first barbell, life-size "Terminator" models and his polished wood governor's desk, the Associated Press reported.

Photos: Schwarzenegger museum in Austria officially opens

The bronze statue is of Schwarzenegger as a young bodybuilder –- in trunks and with flexed muscles.

Hundreds of fans turned out to see Schwarzenegger, who visited Austria with his son Patrick.

"For me, this is not only a museum," he said. "It is also a symbol of will ... everyone has a chance."

Schwarzenegger has also been tweeting about his visit to Austria.

"Love coming back home," he tweeted Thursday, attaching a picture of dinner with "old friends."

On Friday, he tweeted a photo of his teacher, along with this message: "She said she lived this long to make sure we made something of ourselves."


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Photo: Arnold Schwarzenegger unveils a statue during the opening of a museum in his childhoood hometown of Thal in Austria. Credit: Dieter Nagl / AFP/Getty Images