We invite you to visit
Museum of russian gusli
and chinese guqin
In accordance with the decree of the Mayor of Moscow and to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection, we have decided to temporary close to the Museum of Russian gusli and Chinese guqin for a visit.
The Museum of Russian Gusli and Chinese Guqin is looking forward to opening in early April, 2021
Due to the outbreak of the epidemic in Moscow and because the World Calligraphy Museum is located at the exhibition center used for medical purposes (to hospitalize patients with COVID-19 coronavirus infection), the management decided to close the museum until March 31, 2021.
The management of the Sokolniki Museum and Educational Center understands the decision of the Moscow Government to convert the pavilions and offices of Sokolniki Center into a hospital for coronavirus patients and looks forward to the day when the epidemiological situation is stable enough for the pavilions to no longer be needed as the hospital bed reserve. That means that on April 1, 2021, Sokolniki will once again open jobs, bring back its unique creative team, and return to its museum and educational activities and exhibitions. We look forward to once again welcome our visitors and show them the beauty of world calligraphy — a rare art of significant importance. Most importantly, we believe in ourselves, in our abilities, and in our project.
We are excited to present the museum of akin musical instruments: the Russian gusli and the Chinese guqin.
From the very outset, the collection was designed to be unique in terms of concept and content – a museum of plucked musical instruments that would introduce the cultural roots of our countries. We would like this traditional museum to aim at contemporary visitors meeting their expectations and demands, and in this regard our goal is to do everything we can to translate the understanding of the great value carried by the Russian and the Chinese cultural heritage, to local and international guests.
Wing-shaped Gusli "Avdoshi"
Wing-shaped gusli "Mekhovo"
Wing-shaped gusli "Novgorod"
Wing-shaped gusli "Poptsovskye"
Wing-shaped gusli "Ryazan", XII century
Wing-shaped gusli "Brand"
Wing-shaped gusli "Chebotok"
Wing-shaped gusli from the village Kuntsovo
Lyre-shaped gusli "Slovishy", XI century
Helmet-shaped gusli "Kalyazinsky"
Helmet-shaped gusli "Moscow" XVII century
Helmet-shaped gusli "Moscow" XVI century
Helmet-shaped gusli "Nizhny Novgorod"
Helmet-shaped gusli "Novgorod" XIV century
Helmet-shaped gusli "Yaroslavl"
The associated school offers gusli workshops. You can practice traditional playing methods based on the North-Western (Novgorod and Pskov regions), Ural and Siberian traditions, spiritual verses and tales, backing of dancers and singers, gusli chimes, and improvisation in various styles and genres, or visit the carpenter shop and make a musical instrument with your own hands.
The museum’s collection includes the following sections:
a collection of traditional Russian gusli (wing and lyre shaped, bell harps, and more), and Chinese guqins brought from their country of birth;
a carpenter shop offering gusli making workshops;
a workshop and musical training venue.
The museum also hosts an extensive library specializing in the history of gusli, methodological training materials, and sheet music. Website visitors can also benefit from online resources, such as the e-archive and a collection of videos. Carefully selected materials will help you know more about this fascinating instrument.
Director of the Association of Private Museums of Russia, Co-owner of the Museum of Russian Gusli and Chinese Guqin
Musician and culture researcher, head of the Gusli Art Workshop, gusli crafter, founder of the gusli playing school
Guqin (ancient Chinese harp) crafter, founder of the Chinese Guqin association, custodian of guqin making traditions and skills, global intangible cultural heritage