Alfred Mirek’s Russian Accordion MuseumMoscow, Russia www.mosmuseum.ru
Alfred Mirek’s Russian Accordion Museum, one of the richest and largest of its kind in the world, is located in Moscow, Russia. The museum was created on the basis of a unique collection, gathered...
Alfred Mirek’s Russian Accordion Museum, one of the richest and largest of its kind in the world, is located in Moscow, Russia. The museum was created on the basis of a unique collection, gathered by Alfred Mirek (1922-2009), PhD (Art History), Professor, Meritorious Artist of Russia over forty years. This museum existed as a private institution for a long time; enjoying wide popularity in Russia and abroad (listed in ICOM and UNESCO private collections). In 1996, the Moscow City Government allocated a building in the city centre thus laying the foundations of the museum. On January 12th, 1999 a decree “On the establishment of the Alfred Mirek’s Russian Accordion Museum exercising its rights as a branch of the Museum of History of Moscow”. The first visitors saw the exposition on December 28th, 2000. Since then the museum has enjoyed wide popularity both among experts and the general public.
The museum’s holdings display the long way the accordion had covered over almost two and a half centuries: from the 1770s up to the present day. Here you can see a restored version of the world’s first accordion (1783), peer into a Russian accordion master’s workshop, dine at a traditional Moscow tavern, and watch performances by contemporary harmonica, bayan and accordion players.