visit the house museumof the Nobel brothers
This building, called Villa Petrolea, is the only museum of the Nobel brothers outside of Sweden. Construction of the building began in 1882 and was completed in 1884, the same year the Nobel family first moved to Baku. Their magnificent mansion was built in the Byzantine style and designed by a Swedish architect named Fyodor Lidval. It was also the first building in Baku to have a telephone line and ventilation system. The lower floors were reserved for the Nobels'office, while the upper floors housed a club, lounge rooms and a library.
The whole interior was richly decorated: paintings and books for the library were brought from St. Petersburg, and expensive carpets woven by Azerbaijani and Iranian carpet weavers were laid in the rooms. The building was owned by the Nobel brothers until 1920. Before a house museum was opened in the building, it functioned as a hospital and later as an orphanage. Today, the museum exhibits various household items used by the Nobel family, as well as displays reflecting that period. In addition to the house's own belongings, items brought here from the Nobels’ houses in St. Petersburg and Sweden can also be found. Admission is free to the museum, which is open daily from 10am to 6pm.
For additional information:
Nobel Brothers’ House Museum
Address: Baku, 8 Noyabr Avenue, 57/2
Tel: +99412 525 4020