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Gurminj Museum of Musical Instruments

The Museum of Musical Instruments was founded in 1990 on the basis of the private collection of the Tajik artist Gurminj Zavqibekov. The talented actor started his collection in his early youth. Gurminj Museum currently has more than 200 items exhibited from all over Asia, boasting a wide range of mainly stringed and percussion instruments including “setars”, “dutars”, “rubabs”, “tanburs” and “banjos”. The most beautiful setar - Kashgar – is encrusted with sadaf (ivory). The collection’s most impressive pieces are the Afghan Badakhshan and Shah setars, which are more than 100 years old. The Shah setar is made of mulberry wood, large in volume but light in weight, and the sound of its strings is the most melodic. Many different setars made by modern masters, in which you can see the original idea of the author. The Museum’s collection of “dutors” (two strings setar) is its most diverse. In the museum you can find dutars from Bukhara and Badakhshan, from the most simple and to the most refined designs.  In this museum, you can also listen to a concert organized by a group of musicians upon special request (the price varies from 50 to 100 US dollars per hour).

Address: Bokhtar st., 23, Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Phone: + (992 37) 223-10-76; (992) 93-57-31-076

website: www.gurminj.tj

e-mail: Ikbol_sho@mail.ru

Facebook page: Gurminj Museum of Music Instruments

Opening hours:  Open daily from 9:00 to 17:00

Admission: Ticket price: 20 TJS

Languages: Tajik, Russian, Badakhshan, English



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