Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center

Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center

Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center
4.5
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Being one of the most recognized architectural landmarks worldwide, the Heydar Aliyev Center is in the meantime one of the signature architectural landmarks of modern Baku. The building was designed by Zaha Hadid, a worlwide recognized architect and Pritzker Prize winner.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • TrotamundosBetis
    Miami, Florida192 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Superb Complex
    Superb. This is an extremely impressive facility both in construction and content. The rotating exhibitions, as well as permanent displays were all interesting and the gift shop/cafe are great. Access is easiest by taking the Metro to the Nariman Narimanov station and walking back a few blocks.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 June 2023
  • AArifin
    Dammam, Saudi Arabia178 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Architectural Brilliance
    An exhibition center worth a visit. It’s an architectural brilliance. One can learn the history of Azerbaijan and how it’s come into existence and the role how Heyder Aliyev influenced in creating modern Azerbaijan. This is a must visit for anyone going to Baku. One will be just wow once you reach there.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 July 2023
  • Azam Alamov
    Minsk, Belarus13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Trip to the center of Heydar Aliyev
    The trip to the Heydar Aliyev Center was a good experience for me. In the center, you can separately visit the exhibition of retro cars and the exhibition of Salvador Dali (on this day). The interior of the building is quite unusual, and at the same time very beautiful. The center had a lot of things dedicated to the first president of Azerbaijan, from his biography to his cars and uniforms. Also in the center there are exhibitions of dolls, carpets, paintings and models. There is a lot of content in the center, I advise everyone to visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 August 2023
  • Elizabeth M
    Adelaide, Australia36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Building experience of a lifetime!
    World reknowned female architect’s masterpiece This building is one of the most extraordinary buildings in the world. The absence of a single straight angle and divine use of curves makes for an amazing experience. It is beautiful and challenging and houses stunning history of Azerbaijan. It was worth coming here just to see and experience this master piece. Her early death at 66 was a tragic loss to architecture and beauty.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Elizabeth M
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A modern architectural experience like nothing else
    This museum is absolutely stunning - the building is so unique and the architecture, by female architect Zada Hidad, has to be seen and experienced. It was without doubt one of the highlights of Baku for us - and we had many of those. The building is breathtakingly beautiful and being inside the building was like nothing we'd every experienced. Her use of curves, space, neutral colours and light were exceptional. The exhibitions were extraordinary and also information and educational. Take the time to visit and enjoy this modern day marvel. We visited three times and still wanted more.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Hicham B
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates1,482 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pure Zaha Hadid!
    Zaha Hadid, you are truly missed. What a genious architect you were, and this center is part of your legacy, the white color, the forms, the park outside… more than a center, a legacy monument ! The collection inside is nice, but the true piece of museum is the whole building
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 September 2023
  • WillowsInOz
    Singapore, Singapore492 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Totally awesome
    Depending on what you like, I thought this place was amazing. I never thought I'd be blown away by rugs (there are more than rugs in there by the way!). The building itself is also great. A nice (but quite expensive) café is also inside. I walked there from the old city, which I wouldn't recommend as it was quite a long way and there were lots of roads to cross.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 September 2023
  • Ryan B
    Glasgow, United Kingdom66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommended.
    Like the outside the inside of the centre is equally impressive. The history aspect of the museum goes through the development of Azerbaijan and Heydar Aliyev. It's interactive and well displayed. The other exhibits are equally great to see and a must for visitors.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 September 2023
  • mrstraveller1
    York, United Kingdom2,088 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unmissable
    One of the top attractions in Baku, this is an absolute must do. It's slightly out of the centre, but well worth the trip, & there are myriad other Instagram worthy sights within the vicinity too, including the LoveBaku sign, Baku Convention Centre & failed Trump Tower. The HACC structure is incredible, inside & out, & I assume many visitors come as I did, to admire the architectural genius of 'Queen of Curves' Zaha Hadid, rather than for the exhibitions within. These showcase Azerbaijan history & the life & work of much loved former leader, Heydar Aliyev. At the time of my visit there were two additional (& further chargeable) exhibitions, one by Salvador Dali & the other on classic cars. The Baku in miniature exhibition is especially good & will appeal to younger visitors as well as older ones. I booked an e-ticket online & received acknowledgment of payment, but not the e-ticket itself …. & so ended up having to pay again at the door (15AZN for a regular adult). The website made no mention of the Dail exhibition either. Returning to the structure itself...... its flowing, wave-like curves are worthy of a photo from multiple angles, the all white interior plays tricks on the brain at The design is simply brilliant, though the rolling curve of the ground floor appeared to be causing some lift in the tiling. I was sorry not to be able to see the auditorium, which I assume must only be open to the public during a performance. I didn’t use it but there’s a chic looking cafe/bar at lobby level.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 September 2023
  • Happy Explorer
    Guildford, United Kingdom86 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fantastic museum .. a must see
    Definitely a 5* Museum. The architecture is even more stunning as you approach on foot. The gentle curves of outside are continued throughout the interior, so I was immediately met by a feeling of calm. As you meander through each room and exhibits the attention to detail is amazing… i dare you not to smile as you enter the interactive start of musical instruments. This is after a stroll through carpets and costumes of Azerbaijan - a great idea is a magnifying glass on each carpet so you can see the weave. After a cafe stop (to enjoy a delicious tuna roll), we continued downstairs to the Motor Museum.. Wow! Its incredibly interesting .. and had my favourite dream car Mercedes SL 280. All staff throughout were friendly and helpful. Həydər Aliyev museum is fantastic but please be warned. Allow far more time than you think you need, we will be going again
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 October 2023
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notsohappyDenver
Belfast, UK447 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Please take care of this building. Architectural marvel by late Zaha Hadid. Need to keep up with maintenance. Many broken tiles
Written 19 June 2024
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kimwillrule
Singapore, Singapore6,078 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Heydar Aliyev Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan: The Silk Road legacy has always had a magnetic pull on me since a child. Azerbaijan is a mix of the Silk Road romanticism, mixed with Eurasia traditions and now with coffers lined up rich oil money, handsome and ambitious architecture throw up - such as the Heydar Aliyev Center. If you’re a Zaha Hadid fan like me, who has been on her fan trail, you’ll add this to your collection. Sharp angles you won’t see, but undulating curves you will. The fluid form is such a strong stand out, it’s like an architecture pilgrim’s call. Little wonder it made to “Azerbaijan’s Amazing Transformation”. Most spend hours preening their IG shots here. The noteworthy museum is the Vintage Cars museum with a sprawling collection of noteworthy US, Soviet, German and even Ukrainian cars. #eatstylishtravelstylish
Written 9 June 2024
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Bharat
Mumbai, India1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Business
Beware of scams at Baku.People just want fo loot ur money. I Found all places fair but not exceptional. Not safe at night .Beware
Written 26 May 2024
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Juby J
Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates241 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
I think this should be your number one must to visit place if you ever travel to Baku. Its architecture itself is one of a kind . A photo in front of it is must. Inside you have the modern science and history of Azerbaijan blended in one place. There are some nice exhibits and structures inside .
Don't miss to click a picture with I Love Baku with the center in background. Trust me this will be the cover picture of your Azerbaijan Trip
Written 21 May 2024
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גרה
Tel Aviv, Israel15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Very nice place, many historical landmarks: politicals, war guns, traditional clothes and different music equipments.
We like the traditional music and art, it was interesting.
The car museum very amazing.
הסבר טוב בשפה אנגלית כוללת סרטונים ואנימציה.
Adam-israel
Written 13 May 2024
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Tina M
Sohar, Oman279 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The design and architecture of the building is its most impressive element. We also enjoyed the exhibits, especially the musical instruments.
Written 10 April 2024
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Michael T
Halifax, Canada4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Extraordinary architecture and nice exhibitions in. The place is not city centered, but easily reachable with taxi. Entrance is very cheap and 2 hours are enough to explore slowly.
Written 5 April 2024
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Exiles
Canterbury, UK307 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Located a ten minute drive from the city centre this is well worth a visit. Stunning architecture, interesting exhibits and a great coffee shop! Museum gives a great insight into Azerbaijan's history.
Written 23 March 2024
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EGP777
Rockville, MD39 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Beautiful building from outside and inside, but management needs improvement. The reason no clarity as to where to buy tickets and where the entry is. There are two different entries, which is very inconvenient. Wi-Fi is not working the selection of exhibits was a bit strange.; Hardly representing the culture of the country, the history and the traditions. also, there seems to be a lot of space wasted. Otherwise a beautiful building.
Written 14 March 2024
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mrc282
World8,714 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
nice 2-3 hours spent.

the museum collection includes art, music, and carpetry.

there is also a classic car collection museum but cost extra
Written 13 March 2024
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