H.Z. Taghiyev History Museum, Baku

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Explore history and vast cultural heritage at H.Z. Taghiyev History Museum. This site represents the largest museum in the country, set in the Italian Renaissance-style mansion of the former oil magnate Taghiyev. Set up in 1920 by Bolsheviks, the museum documents the region's complex and interwoven past through more than 2,000 well-presented exhibits. Ceramics, intricate metalwork, weapons, and ornate textiles, pre-historic burial mounds, and ancient stone carvings are housed in two large ballrooms, one in oriental and the other cccidental style. The museum's second floor details Taghiyev's life through restored personal quarters with carefully restored fin-de-siècle style rooms. Due to the size and variety of collection, consider getting a tour guide. To visit H.Z. Taghiyev History Museum on your trip to Baku, use our Baku vacation planner .
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  • Sophyia walked me through the 6 rooms of the Azeri history on the top floor. She was amazing. So knowledgeable and so interesting. Got an amazing insight into the history. Definitely worth a visit. Th...  more »
  • I made a decision to visit this museum the night before having dinner at the famous Shirvanshah's museum restaurant (must visit, see that review), when a waiter took us on a tour and explained about T...  more »
  • This museum is really like seeing two different things. One an old oil baron's mansion and all its opulence. And two the museum exhibits with nice history of the local area. Definitely stop here for a...  more »
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  • If you love history, you've got to see this museum. Every stage of history of Azerbaijan is described with lots of interesting exhibits. There is also Tağıyev museum included, with several rooms imitating his once fabulous accommodation.
  • Interesting exhibitions and very educational (albeit a bit too nationalistic at times). The second floor is larger than it seems - you'll need more than an hour to make the best of everything.
  • One of the rare places, which can visit history lovers. You can enjoy some so ancient historic examples, also great azerbaijani Hacı Zeynalabdın Tagıyev house museum
  • It is worth visiting Taghiyev's dining room.
  • Very good.

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