A Museum Devoted To The Late Metallica Bassist Cliff Burton Is Opening Next Month

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British Museum photo: Frogwares (Wikimedia Commons)/ Cliff Burton image: Michael Ochs Archives
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The late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton sadly passed away on September 27th, 1986. He was 24-years-old when he lost his life during a tragic bus accident while on tour with the band. The late Metallica bassist is fondly remembered today by fellow musicians and fans. Among those who champion the late Metallica bassist are the municipality of Ljungby in Sweden – who have announced a new museum devoted to Cliff Burton.

The museum will include pictures, albums, posters and tickets, along with interviews and photos from the first photographer who arrived at the tragic crash site where Burton died. There will also be a film of recollections from first responders who were at the crash scene. Other exhibits include a stage that recreates Metallica’s last show with Burton in Stockholm, with copies of the bass and drum kit he and Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich used, respectively.

In a conversation with Guitar World, the organizers of the Cliff Burton museum said, “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.”

The Cliff Burton museum will open next month; you can find additional details via the Instagram post below:


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Burton joined Metallica in time to be part of their debut studio record Kill ‘Em All (1983). He would also contribute his talents to that of Ride the Lighting (1984) and Master of Puppets (1986). On April 4th, 2009, Burton was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


Words by: Michael Pementel