Baku Museum of Modern Art
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 11:00am to 8:00pm. Closed on Mondays.
Azerbaijan proclaims a long tradition of culture, from medieval scholars and poets moving towards the performance and theatrical styles of the Soviet Union. Check out our selection of the best spots in Baku to savour the local Azeri culture that’s often masked by the city’s rapid development and modernisation.
Azerbaijan has always had a vibrant interest in culture. From the early poets to the emphasis on opera and ballet under the Russians, the nation provides a rich heritage that remains today. The State Opera and Ballet Theater hosts local operas including Asli and Karem, inspired by Azerbaijan’s most successful novel. Visitors can get a unique experience at the Puppet Theatre on Neftchilar Avenue or spend an evening of sophistication in the Philharmonic Hall. Check the Citylife’s schedule for upcoming shows, performances and events in Baku.
For a cultural experience of being transported back in time to the days of communism, head to Old School Café & Shop. Located a short walk northeast from Icheri Sheher, the interior resembles a miniature museum. Various decorations from knick-knacks to antiques create an atmosphere of stepping back in time. Not only does the café provide a unique cultural experience and a window into the former Soviet Republic, it also serves up some of the best coffee in Baku and hosts regular live music.
Opening hours: From 12:00pm to 2:00am Monday to Saturday. From 12:00pm to 12:00am on Sunday.