The general information about the museum collections
The museum has gathered the following collections:
The archival materials of the Museum enable to study and research more profoundly the musical history of Azerbaijan.
- Archives Collection includes documents, posters, playbills, letters, books, and other items related to music history and musicians;
- Photographs Collection witnesses diverse musical life of Azerbaijan since 1880s. Total more than 9000 items;
- Musical Instruments Collection numbers 277 items. It includes original traditional Azerbaijani musical instruments beginning with the XVIII c., instruments of famous musicians such as tar players Gurban Pirimov, Bahram Mansurov, Ahmed Bakikhanov, Mammadagha Muradov, Habib Bayramov, Kamil Ahmedov, traditional singers or khanendes Khan Shushinski, Kechachi oghlu Mahammad, ashig Huseyn Sarajly, composer Seid Rustamov. A special place is occupied by the replicas or copies of old musical instruments that were widespread in Azerbaijan and neighbour countries in the Middle Ages but then forgotten, completely disappeared and reproduced by Mejnun Kerimov. Orchestral music instruments, music instruments of national minorities and related to different nations of the world are presented here as well;
- Audio Records Collection includes gramophone disks (1733 items) of Azerbaijani (mostly) and non-Azerbaijani music produced since the very beginning of the XX c. by foreign companies as companies as Gramophone Record, Konser Record, Ekstrafon, Sport Record, Primer Record, Pate, etc.; compact disks (189); tapes (379); audio video records (35). The material presented in this collection covers the period from XIX c. to the early XX c. This Collection preserves records of music performed by traditional musicians (Kechechi oghlu Mahammad, Meshadi Farzaliyev, Gurban Pirimov, etc. The first person who recorded a voice to a gramophone disk was Jabbar Garyaghdi oghlu. At that time mugams, tesnifs and dance melodies performed by Azerbaijani musicians were recorded in Warsaw. This collection contains compositions by such prominent performers of XX c. as Seyid Shushinski, Khan Shushinski, Shovket Alekberova, Sara Gadimova, Byul-byul, etc. After removing unwanted noises, about 200 old gramophone records kept in the Museum were re-recorded on CDs;
- Fine and Applied Arts Collection is presented by 330 items of paintings, drawings, statues, sketches and carpets by well-known artists Mikayil Abdullayev, Boyukagha Mirzazade, Togrul Narimanbeyov, Hasan Hagverdiyev, Tamilla Dagestanli, Ismayil Mammadov, Elturan Avalov and others;
- Music Manuscripts Collection contains 1057 autographs belonging to such Azerbaijani composers as Uzeyir Hajibeyov, Soltan Hajibeyov, Jovdet Hajiyev, Gara Garayev, Niyazi, Fikret Amirov, Zakir Baghirov, Haji Khanmammadov, Tofig Guliyev, Adila Huseynzade, Shafiga Akhundova, Oktay Zulfigarov, Vagif Mustafazade, Suleyman Aleskerov, Agshin Alizade, Faraj Garayev, Javanshir Guliyev, etc.