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 acquaintance of David Iakobachvili with Swedish businessman Bill Lindvall, who was fascinated by old mechanical instruments, can be considered the pivot point in the creation of the museum. Having met at the beginning of 90s for business, over the time, they became good friends.

The collection, which Lindvall had been aggregating over a period of forty years, numbered around 460 items. Sometimes when the weather was fine, Bill used to walk out to the Stockholm central square to twist the handle of a small portable organ, cheering the hearts of citizens with the sounds of old melodies.

In 2000 year when he realized that he is seriously sick he offered his friend to buy the collection and asked him to create a museum.

Bill Lindvall 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.