Gurminj Museum of Music Instruments

Gurminj Museum of Music Instruments, Dushanbe: Hours, Address, Gurminj Museum of Music Instruments Reviews: 4/5

Gurminj Museum of Music Instruments

Gurminj Museum of Music Instruments
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9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
Son of Gurminj and leader of a legendary music group "Shams", Ikbol Zavkibekov now runs this museum. Visitors are treated to live performances by famous Tajik musicians.
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The area
Address
Shota Rustaveli St. 8 behind former wedding registry palace Baht, Dushanbe 734000 Tajikistan

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JGDynamo
Canada2 158 contributions
Musical interlude
Aug 2017 • Friends
The Gurminj Museum of Music Instruments is a marvelous little museum in Dushanbe. You can play the instruments (if you know how and are careful) there was a music lesson taking place while we were there and lots of great information available about all the instruments.
Written 29 May 2018
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M A
Pleasanton, CA72 contributions
Fascinating Instrument Collection & Potential for a Concert
May 2018 • Friends
This museum is small but packed with musical instruments, mostly from the Pamir Mts and Tajikistan but has some other instruments from around the world as well. Friendly musicians escort you through. Tajik and Russian speaking and some English depending on who is present. Musicians from the excellent folk band Samo can give a concert here if you pre-book and they aren't on a world tour, and they also have CDs for sale. This is local Tajik and Pamiri folk music, sung and played on local instruments, that you would hear in the valleys of the high Pamir off the Pamir Highway, or you could hear it at the museum and bring some home to hear again and again.
Written 25 May 2018
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HollowTurtle
Los Angeles, CA23 contributions
big collection of instruments, a lot of potential, but poorly done.
Aug 2017 • Couples
It's easy to miss and looks like you're entering someone's private home. Inside, a handful of older men were eating lunch and one of them turned on the lights at the museum. This place has a lot of potential to be greatly interesting with some thought and effort by the owners. There are maybe 40-50 instruments in 5 rooms from all around Central Asia, poorly lit (one room's lights had burnt out and we had to use our cell phone flash to see), and without any explanation. One room seemed to have a costume of Rostam with his helmet, a shield, and some reference to perhaps an opera.

I think it would be great if we had seen a live performance or if someone could talk about or answer questions about the instruments. Absent of a live guide, perhaps some text explaining what the instruments are, their history, their origin, and how they ended up in the museum. Even better would be better lighting in each of the rooms with spotlights or at least 2-3 fluorescent lightbulbs in each room. I think an investment of $500 USD for better lighting and text descriptions would really improve this place. If they really wanted to make it better, maybe create an audio guide with samples of the instruments' sounds.

We didn't get any live performance when we came and they asked us for 5 TJS each (2 people). It's cheap, but I probably wouldn't want to pay much more than that given its current setup. The neighborhood has a few Iranian restaurants which looked interesting and a contrast to the typical Tajik food. It's 5-10 minute walking distance from the Ismoil Somani statue.
Written 1 September 2017
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Robyn I
Scotland Island, Australia28 contributions
So much scope!
Aug 2017 • Couples
Buried away in Dushanbe is this interesting collection of musical instruments. What a pity there are no descriptions or information about origins.
Written 22 August 2017
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stevenhshin1
Brooklyn, NY21 contributions
Small but fascinating
Jul 2017 • Solo
There are instruments from mainly the Central Asia and the Badakhshan region. I am very glad I went to this museum because it showcases instruments that I had no idea existed, all of different sizes and shapes. There were instruments that took on such foreign forms I couldn't stop looking over them. I was pleasantly surprised also with a performance of traditional folk music. I'm not entirely sure if the 30 somoni (~3.4$ USD) I paid was for the entrance fee or for the performance, but either way it was worth it.
Written 11 August 2017
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Lois
Oman327 contributions
A quick and fascinating visit
Jun 2017 • Solo
What a treasure. I was the only visitor at the time. There was an American student learning to play one of the instruments. The teacher gave a demonstration on a couple for me to hear. If there had been more of us other musicians would have joined for a performance
Written 3 July 2017
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libbytibbytoe
santa fe, new mexico36 contributions
Tiny but Mighty
May 2017 • Friends
Visiting this small museum that is located in someone's house was one of the highlights of our trip to Tajikistan. What made our visit so rewarding here is that we were treated to a performance of folk music from the Pamir area of the country. Three musicians performed, including the owner of the museum. The music was at times haunting and at times upbeat; it was always remarkable. I thanked my lucky stars that there were CD's to purchase. There is also a very friendly grey and black striped cat who greeted us warmly.
Written 11 June 2017
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Z7879LHjayb
Iloilo City, Philippines17 contributions
Worth the find
Feb 2017 • Solo
The collection of different traditional musical instruments was amazing. The visit and the tour was made special by no other than Samandar Pulotov, a Pamiri musician who guided me all throughout the visit. It was indeed a very special tour. From the outside, the place is very humble, but just enter the green gate in between two large buildings. It was indeed a good find. Highly recommended and worth it.
Written 17 February 2017
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Kirill K
Geneva, Switzerland115 contributions
great collection of music instruments, musicians are there to meet
Nov 2016 • Friends
There is no gate fee, but donations accepted for this private collection of old and new music instruments linked to traditional music. Some of the instruments are in use and will be played by musicians attending the place, mostly in the afternoons. That's when you can expect a guided tour of the museum. A couple of Pamiri music ensembles rehearse there, so you can taste to the local music traditions.
Written 4 November 2016
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Jordan E
3 contributions
i learned alot
Oct 2016 • Solo
I learned alot about the instruments and history of Tajikistan.difefeiffu3ffufuefrehururevvevueryrueuveuvuevuv rv re vvrvyrevuvu rure vrv
Written 24 October 2016
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Gurminj Museum of Music Instruments is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:00 - 20:00
  • Mon - Sat 09:00 - 20:00