Nirvana fan plans museum for Kurt Cobain’s childhood home

Nirvana fan plans museum for Kurt Cobain’s childhood home

ON THE MARKET: A superfan hopes to raise $700,000 to purchase Cobain's childhood home. Photo: Associated Press

A Nirvana superfan has launched an online campaign to raise enough money to buy Kurt Cobain’s childhood home and turn it into a museum.

The house in Aberdeen, Washington was placed on the market by Cobain’s mother Wendy O’Connor and his sister Kim last year in the hope of finding a buyer who would turn the place into a shrine, and now 33-year-old journalist Jaime Dunkle has announced her intention to make that dream come true.

The Broward-Palm Beach New Times reports her GoFundMe page was created on March 2, and features video of Dunkle standing in Cobain’s childhood bedroom.

Dunkle is hoping to raise $700,000 so she can buy the home and turn it into a museum.

Talking to the New Times about her visit to the house, Dunkle said, “I used to be in the American Criminal Justice Association, so I made a long list of everything I’ve ever done and emailed it to the real estate agent, and she said she was forwarding it to Mrs. O’ Connor.

“After that, they started taking me more seriously, I think. It took weeks of phone calls and emails, but I successfully set up an appointment to see the house. I deliberately arranged it to be on what would have been Kurt Cobain’s 47th birthday.

“Being inside was a total head spin. I had to meet with city officials and the Realtor first, and by the time we finished hashing out some logistics for making it a museum, I only had 15 minutes to take pictures and make a video. As I wandered around, looking in closets, I imagined him as a teen, crouched inside, scribbling in his diaries or making sketches. The walk up the stairs into his bedroom made the hairs on my neck stand up. All I could think was that I was seeing through his eyes and walking in his footsteps, literally.”

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