Over 300 vintage gramophones, phonographs, radios, radio-gramophones and jukeboxes can now be seen and heard at VDNH. In the new museum, the House of Vintage Music, it is very easy to study the history of audio technology development, delve into details of each of the exhibits and listen to archive records of favourite performers from the middle of the last century.
The unusual exposition is located in five halls, each of which is dedicated to a certain period in the history of musical instruments' development—the end of the 19th century, the 1920s, 1920–1940s, 1930–1950s, 1950–1980s.
All the exhibits are in working order. Many of them used to belong to well-known historical figures. So, guests of the House of Vintage Music at VDNH will be able to see Jean-Paul Belmondo's player, the equipment from the studio where the Beatles recorded, Joseph Kobzon's radio-gramophone, Rudolf Nureyev's radio. Also among the exhibits are the gramophone that belonged to the maid of honour of the Imperial Court of Nicholas II, the gramophone of Russian officers, taken from Manchuria after the October Revolution, and many others. The museum exposition has the largest and smallest phonographic records in the world, the smallest gramophone, one of the oldest jukeboxes—made in 1936, the gramophone of the captain of the transatlantic liner. Here, the very first device for recording and reproducing sound—the famous phonograph by Thomas Edison—will be displayed.
Music lovers will be able to attend special music sessions, lectures, concerts and evenings to listen to the unique recordings of the voices of Feodor Chaliapin, Alexander Vertinsky, Elvis Presley, the Berry Sisters, Vladimir Bunchikov, Vladimir Nechaev and other famous performers of the 20th century.