ABOUT MUSEUM COLLECTION
The highlight of the Museum COLLECTION
is a unique fund of rare sound records: it cares for over 20
000 different music storage devices. The collection holds almost
all kinds of audio media of the past, including musical data
perforated paper rolls, wax cylinders for phonographs, shellac
gramophone records, related to the beginning of the XXth century,
paper perforated discs, metal discs and contemporary vinyl records.
The Museum Collection was founded thanks
to Russian businessman and patron of arts David Iakobachvili.
Over 15 years were spent putting together the museum’s invaluable
collection of art, its sorting and restoration; design and construction
of the museum building.
The starting point of the Museum's creation
can be considered the acquaintance of David Iakobachvili and
the Swedish businessperson Bill Lindvall, keen on collecting
antique musical mechanical instruments. Having met in the early
1990s on business, they eventually became good friends.
Collection of musical mechanics that
Lindwall had been carefully aggregating for forty years, numbered
about 460 items. Sometimes when the weather was fine, Bill used
to go out for a walk to the Stockholm central square to twist
the crank of the barrel organ, cheering the citizens' hearts
with the sounds of old tunes.
In the 2000th year, being seriously ill,
Bill offered his friend to buy the collection and establish
The following photographs come from a Moscow
exhibit promoted as Moscow’s first House of Vintage Music which
opened at VDNKh exhibition centre’s Pavilion 84a in mid-April
2017. Its collection included more than 500 retro record players
such as gramophones, phonographs, radio receivers, radiograms,
and juke boxes. (1)
It is not known if these phonographs later
became part of the MUSEUM COLLECTION which opened in 2019.