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May 9, 2014

Multi-million pound museum dedicated to Charlie Chaplin to open

The museum will open in the screen star's former residence in Switzerland

Multi-million pound museum dedicated to Charlie Chaplin to open

A multi-million pound museum dedicated to the life of silent screen star Charlie Chaplin is set to open in 2016.

The new museum will open at the former Swiss home of the actor, the Manoir de Ban in Corsier-sur-Vevey, which is where the star died in 1977 after spending the last 25 years of his life there. The museum, which will cost an estimated £40 million, has the blessing of his children, Michael, Eugene and Victoria, reports BBC News. The house will be made to look exactly as it did when Chaplin lived there.

The actor's granddaughter Laura Chaplin has commented on the project, saying: "It was a dream house for growing up... we've waited a long time for this museum and now it's finally taking off." The house and 35 acre estate was purchased by an investment film in 2008.

The museum's director Yves Durand has said of the property: "His soul, his spirit, is still here ... so people will meet him, people will encounter him, people will hear his voice, will see his movies, will hear his music."

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