Museum History

The museum Collection was founded thanks to Russian businessman and patron of arts David Iakobachvili. Over 15 years were invested putting together the museum’s invaluable collection of art, its documentation and restoration; the design and construction of the museum building.

The starting point of the Museum's creation can be based on 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.

The collection of mechanical music that Lindvall had carefully aggregated 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 turn the crank of a barrel organ, cheering the citizens' hearts with the sounds of old tunes.

In the year 2000, being seriously ill,  Bill offered his friend the opportunity to buy the collection and establish the museum.

Bill Lindvall feared that his children would sell away the collection he had so carefully gathered up, and thus he wanted that the endeavor he had started would be fostered and expanded.

After acquisition of the collection, David Iakobachvili found himself continuing to collect interesting objects of art. Simultaneously with the collection development, David Iakobachvili started forming a team of professional restorers, since the most part of exhibits needed extensive restoration.

In the same time, David Iakobachvili started to buy arts and crafts items, the Russian bronze, antiquarian clocks with musical mechanisms, automatons and dolls.

Today the repository of the museum numbers more than 20,000 exhibits and is valued as one of the largest private collections of world cultural significance.