I wrote this morning that I was feeling reassured about the future of the Saab Museum and I’m pleased to see those feelings have been vindicated. I was at O’Learys a few hours ago when word came through that the Saab Museum has been saved.
A consortium consisting of the Trollhattan Municipality, supported by Saab AB and the Wallenburg Foundation have won the day, securing the museum’s future and providing some small relief for the thousands of Saab fans who were worried about the museum’s collection being broken up.
This is a fantastic outcome, aligning Saab’s history with the city and the entities that shaped it over so many years. I truly believe it’s the best possible outcome we could have wished for.
The next steps I’d love to see:
- Peter Backstrom and Ola Bolander secured to run the museum’s daily operations, as before.
- A subscription model to enable friends of the museum to support it on an ongoing basis.
- Maybe even an adopt-a-car scheme for people to assist with ongoing maintenance and care.
- A great website for the museum to take it outside the city of Trollhattan. It’s crazy that the best known saab museum website was put together by an English enthusiast (G’day John!) independent of the museum itself.
I hope the museum collection is never vulnerable, ever again.
Link: The Saab Museum fleet that was up for sale.