visit the world’s firstoil tanker museum
The Surakhani ship, home to the world's first tanker museum, was long used to transport oil across the Caspian Sea. And from the moment you step aboard the ship, which opened its doors as a museum in 2021, you’ll feel like you’re on a bridge between history and modernity, thanks to the museum’s innovative use of technology. Browsing the various exhibition halls, you can read, watch and listen to fascinating information on the history of global shipping, the history of the Caspian Sea and the oil history of Baku.
You can also get active through educational activities like learning to tie the famous sea boat knots using ropes and transmit information in the Morse code. With the help of VR glasses, you’ll have the chance to witness the working life of the ship's crew. Kids, meanwhile, can have fun playing various sea games, including learning how to manoeuvre and moor the ship. They’ll also be interested to touch some unique exhibits related to shipping in the 18th-20th centuries and to see models of the largest ships in Azerbaijan and the world.
One of the most interesting areas is the cabins and living rooms formerly used by the Surakhani crew where everything has been left as it was in the 1960s. You’ll be fascinated to see household appliances and belongings used in the oil tanker decades ago, to visit the captain's bridge, one of the most important spots for navigation, and observe the original appearance of the navigation, engine and radio rooms. And after the tour, you can continue your journey by enjoying superb seafood and national dishes in the onsite restaurant, which boasts an enchanting interior.
For more information:
Surakhani Ship Museum
Address: Seaside National Park
Tel: +99450 274 3097