Nirvana Fan Aims to Turn Kurt Cobain’s Childhood Home Into Memorial Museum
An incredibly ambitious project has been undertaken by a Nirvana fan from Portland, Oregon. Journalist Jaime Dunkle recently discovered that late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain‘s childhood home was on the market, and with this discovery, Dunkle began an effort to purchase the house and turn it into a museum.
Cobain’s mother listed the small Aberdeen, Wash. house last year, reportedly asking for $500,000 although the home has been valued at around $67,000 when not factoring in its historic value. Obviously, the legacy of Kurt Cobain has inflated the home’s value, but Jaime Dunkle isn’t dissuaded, launching a GoFundMe.com campaign to raise $700,000. The desired funds will go towards the purchase of the 1.5-story dwelling along with curation costs for the museum.
We want to turn Kurt Cobain’s childhood home into a museum.
We’re making sure this house is memorialized by us fans so it doesn’t end up in the clutches of capitalist greed. This museum will reflect the anti-commercialism spirit of Nirvana.
We only had a few minutes in the house to take video and photos. It’s not edited, it’s not fancy, but it’s real. And that’s how we want the house to remain. Ideally, it will contain actual donated items from his life. That part is still in negotiation. Right now we need to get the house to make sure it’s preserved.
In a video filmed by Dunkle, she explores Cobain’s old bedroom (seen above). The walls scribbled on by the grunge legend remain seemingly untouched, Cobain having drawn the logos of Iron Maiden and Led Zeppelin on his walls, along with various other messages.
As of this posting, the museum campaign has only raised $150 of its $700,000 goal, so if you’re interested in contributing to Dunkle’s vision, head over to GoFundMe.com.