Baku Museums Tour (Self Guided), Baku

As the cultural center of Azerbaijan, Baku home to a number of state history and art museums that preserve the country’s national culture and identity. The city also has a number of museums you won’t find anywhere else, such as the Miniature Book Museum and the Carpet Museum. Take our tour to learn about the fascinating history and achievements of Azerbaijan and see some unique exhibits.
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Baku Museums Tour Map

Guide Name: Baku Museums Tour
Guide Location: Azerbaijan » Baku (See other walking tours in Baku)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 Km or 2.9 Miles
Author: ellen
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Bul-bul Memorial Museum
  • Azerbaijan State Museum of History
  • Nizami Museum of Azerbaijan Literature
  • Museum of Miniature Books
  • State Carpet Museum
  • Azerbaijan State Museum of Art
  • House-Museum of Leopold and Mstislav Rostropovich
Bul-bul Memorial Museum

1) Bul-bul Memorial Museum

This museum is dedicated to the singer of the same name who is much renowned for his vocal artistry. Bul-bul’s name, which translates as nightingale, reflects this singing talent. Openedin 1982, the museum has more than 6,000 different artifacts including lots of interesting photographs.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 9 am - 6 pm
Azerbaijan State Museum of History

2) Azerbaijan State Museum of History (must see)

Azerbaijan State Museum of History is the largest museum of Azerbaijan, located in Baku, in the former mansion of Azerbaijani oil magnate and philanthropist Haji Zeynalabdin Taghiyev. It was founded in 1920.

The building of the Museum was built in 1893-1902. The Italian Renaissance-style mansion is immense and takes up an entire city block. There are four floors in some parts of the building. It was designed by Polish architect Józef Gosławski. On the second floor of Taghiyev's residence, side by side there are two major ballrooms. One is based on Oriental designs (Mauritanian) style and the other, on Occidental design. The Oriental Room has enormous plate glass windows, gilded arches, highly ornamental walls, ceilings and chandeliers. The lines in the Occidental Room are more perpendicular to each other – rectangular.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Nizami Museum of Azerbaijan Literature

3) Nizami Museum of Azerbaijan Literature (must see)

The Nizami Museum of Azerbaijani Literature was established in 1939, in Baku. It is located in the centre of the capital of Azerbaijan, not far from the fountains square and near the entrance of Icheri Sheher. Now this museum is one of the greatest and richest treasuries of Azerbaijani culture.

The total area of the museum is 2500 square meters, the 1409 meters of which consists of exposition and 173 square meters of fond. There are more than 3000 manuscripts, rare books, illustrations, portraits, sculptures, miniatures, memories of poets and other exhibits in 30 general and 10 auxiliary halls of the museum’s exposition. Part of the museum is a book shop.

The sculptures of the eminent Azerbaijani poets and writers were placed on the façade of the museum on the following way: Muhammad Fuzuli (sculptor: F. Abdurrahmanov), Molla Panah Vagif (sculptor: S. Klyatskiy), Mirza Fatali Akhundov (sculptor: P.Sabsai), Khurshidbanu Natavan (sculptor: Y. Tripolskaya), Jalil Mammadguluzadeh (sculptor: N.Zakharov), and Jafar Jabbarly (sculptor: S. Klyatskiy). There are 120000 exemplars of the museum exhibits stored in the fond of the museum.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Museum of Miniature Books

4) Museum of Miniature Books (must see)

Baku Museum of Miniature Books is the only museum of miniature books in the world, settled in the old part of Baku, called Inner City. Its activity started on April 2, 2002.

Exhibits exposed in the museum were collected by Tahir Salahov’s sister Zarifa Salahova over the period of 30 years. Her own collection consists of more than 6500 books from 64 countries of the world.

There have been collected miniature books in the museum published in post-revolutionary Russia and in the Soviet period. Besides that there are books from Moldavia, Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus and from the republics of Middle Asia and Europe in the exposition of the museum. There are rare editions of Chukovsky, Barto, Gogol, Dostoyevsky, works of A.S.Pushkin in the fund of museum. Miniature books of the famous Azerbaijani classics, such as Vagif, Khurshidbanu Natavan, Nizami Ganjavi, Nasimi, Fizuli, Samed Vurgun, Mirza Fatali Akhundov and others are exhibited in the museum.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Wednesday, Friday - Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
State Carpet Museum

5) State Carpet Museum (must see)

Azerbaijan State Carpet Museum, also known as the State Museum of Azerbaijan Carpet and Applied Art, is a museum located on Neftchiler Avenue, in the center of Baku. The museum displays Azerbaijani carpets and rug items of various weaving techniques and materials from various periods. It is named after Latif Karimov and has the largest collection of Azerbaijani carpets in the world. The museum was established in 1967 and was located in the Juma Mosque in Icheri Sheher.

The museum does research and public service work. Every year, state and international exhibitions are organized and catalogues on carpets are printed by the museum. It has also held exhibitions in more than 30 countries including France, Germany, England, Japan, Holland. In 1998, the museum participated in a UNESCO-organized exhibition in Paris dedicated to Fuzuli and in 1999 dedicated to 1,300th anniversary of the Book of Dede Korkut and displayed carpets, folk applied art items, including copper jugs, mugs, buckets and saddle-bags.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Azerbaijan State Museum of Art

6) Azerbaijan State Museum of Art (must see)

The Rustam Mustafayev Azerbaijan State Museum of Art is the country’s largest art museum. Founded in 1936, it got its name from a prominent local painter and theater artist. Spread across two buildings, the museum boasts more than 3,000 exhibits in 60 display rooms. European art and Russian art are the focus of the first building, while the second houses the Eastern art, including Persian, Turkish, Chinese and Japanese works. Azerbaijani artists represented include painters Mir Mohsun Navvab, Bahruz Kangarli, Tair Salakhov, Azim Azimzade, Salam Salamzade, and Vidadi Narimanbekov, as well as sculptor Omar Eldarov. The museum also has easel and book miniatures from the 17th – 19th centuries, lacquered miniatures and a unusual collection of sherbet spoons made from mulberry trees.
Sight description based on wikipedia
House-Museum of Leopold and Mstislav Rostropovich

7) House-Museum of Leopold and Mstislav Rostropovich (must see)

The Rostropovichs were an outstanding family of top-ranking musicians. Mstislav, the son of Leopold, was a great conductor, pianist and giant cellist who gave his first concert at the age of eight. Opened in 2002, the museum is located in the house Mstislav was born in. It includes more than 2,000 artifacts relating to the famous musical family, including a photo gallery and audio clips.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 9 am - 6 pm.

Walking Tours in Baku, Azerbaijan

Create Your Own Walk in Baku

Create Your Own Walk in Baku

Creating your own self-guided walk in Baku is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Baku Introduction Walking Tour

Baku Introduction Walking Tour

The city of Baku in Azerbaijan attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world each year to see its unique historical and architectural monuments. The Azerbaijani capital is home to dozens of interesting memorials and statues, picturesque squares and dancing musical fountains. Take this walk to see the most alluring attractions in Baku.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Baku's Historical Churches

Baku's Historical Churches

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Baku's Architectural Jewels

Baku's Architectural Jewels

The city of Baku is an architectural marvel that delights with its historic buildings, grand mansions and cultural diversity. The Old City, for example, is full of fantastic old mosques and palaces that are listed as heritage monuments by UNESCO. The city is especially beautiful at night when it is wonderfully illuminated. Take our tour to see the most impressive architectural sights in Baku.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.5 Km or 4 Miles
Baku Cultural Venues

Baku Cultural Venues

Over the course of its long history, Azerbaijan has given rise to a lot of talented figures in areas such areas as art, music, carpet making and architecture. To discover their immense contribution to the country’s rich culture, make a visit to one of the great concert halls, theatres, art centres and museums around the city listed on this tour.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 Km or 2.7 Miles
Baku Monuments Tour

Baku Monuments Tour

The city of Baku is famous for its beautiful architecture, but the Azerbaijani capital is also home to numerous remarkable statues and monuments. Created over the course of the last century, these monuments adorn parks and squares throughout the city. They are dedicated to national figures such as poets, writers, dramatists, philosophers and politicians. Take our tour to see the best monuments and...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.1 Km or 4.4 Miles