Museum History

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 museum.

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

After acquisition of the collection, David Iakobachvili found himself frantically collecting 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, the collector started to buy arts and crafts items, the Russian bronze, antiquarian clocks with musical mechanisms, automatons and dolls.

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