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House Museum of Nobel Brothers in Baku Villa Petrolea

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House Museum of Nobel Brothers in Baku Villa Petrolea

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Nobel Avenue, 57/2 Behind Luna Park, Baku 1025 Azerbaijan
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Şah İsmail XətaiBaku Metro20 min
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The tour includes 35 sightseeings:<br>1. Sabir's garden<br>2. Governor's garden <br>3. Philharmonic Concert Hall<br>4. Sadhigov Brothers' Mansion<br>5. Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan Republic<br>6. Historical buildings from the 19th century <br>7. Baku funicular<br>8. Highland park<br>9. Alley of Martyrs <br>10. Baku Flame towers <br>11. Baku seaside boulevard <br>12. National Carpet Museum <br>13. International Mugam Center of Azerbaijan<br>14. Small Venice <br>15. Puppet theatre <br>16. Palace of Happiness <br>17. Green Theatre <br>18. Nizami street <br>19. Fountain square<br>20. Museum of Literature <br>21. Mirbabayev's mansion<br>22. Nargis Mall <br>23. Ismaillia building<br>24. Yusif Mammadaliyev's monument<br>25. Haji Zeynalabdin Tagiyev's girls' school<br>26. Azerbaijani Independence monument<br>27. Baku Realni school<br>28. The building of Executive Power of Baku<br>29. Subway station Old City<br>30. Mirzabeyov's mansion<br>31. National Museum of Art<br>32. De Boure mansion <br>33. The National Parlament<br>34. Clock Tower<br>35. The Haydar Aliyev Foundation
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Masthuggsbo wrote a review Oct 2019
Gothenburg, Sweden44 contributions7 helpful votes
Here was the place where the Nobel brothers founded their wealth. Together with the other oiltycoons, like Rockefeller. Alfred used his shares to build up was had to become The Nobel Prices. In this house the worlds first A/C was installed and the first Bell telephone system in the Russian Empire. A very must visit if in Baku.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from Historian20, Public Relations Manager at House Museum of Nobel Brothers in Baku Villa Petrolea
Responded Oct 8, 2019
Thank you very much, it is indeed a world class historical site. But why did you give us only 4 stars if everything was great? What else could we have done within our historical, logistical, geographic and financial constraints to get 5 stars?
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Nuriyevs wrote a review Jul 2019
Worldwide7 contributions19 helpful votes
This historical place was once home to the Noble family. It gives you an insight into the life of an oil barons family and some of the oil history of Azerbaijan.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from Historian20, Public Relations Manager at House Museum of Nobel Brothers in Baku Villa Petrolea
Responded Jul 23, 2019
Thank you for your kind review! The museum continues to safeguard the heritage and its collection, and improve the maintenance of the park and the mansion. Please visit BNHF again.
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Helmut S wrote a review May 2019
Bangkok, Thailand1,572 contributions373 helpful votes
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The taxi driver claimed he knew where the museum is but failed miserably. However, I had the routing on Google maps and could direct him directly to the house. Yes, construction is in process for infrastructure and apartments as part of development of this area as "White City”. I had called in advance to make sure that the museum is open, and indeed the manager Mr. Namyk himself was there, he led us through the several rooms on the ground floor, and explained the exhibits and answered all my questions in good English. Robert Nobel sourced special hard wood in Lenkaran and when he passed Baku he saw the opportunity which the oil fields offered. His brothers, Alfred – the inventor of dynamites – and Ludwig, invested jointly with Robert in the oil business in Baku. It seems that all brothers were geniuses, Ludwig invented a number of technical staff including the first oil tanker named Zoroaster so that the oil exploration, refining and transport became very profitable for the Nobel brothers. The Nobel bothers constructed Villa Petrolea to have a home in Baku and on the vast area a hospital and dormitories for the workers. Alfred never set foot on Baku, and although the oil business was mainly managed from St. Petersburg the other Nobel brothers and their families enjoyed Villa Petrolea from time to time. After the 1917 revolution the Nobels fled and lost their assets in Baku and Russia. Today only Villa Petrolea, rehabilitated with funds of the Nobel family, and the small surrounding garden with sculptures of horses remains. The rooms are equipped with furniture decorated with carved lion heads and the legs of cabinets with lion paws; obviously the favourite animal of the Noble family was the lion. Their favourite ruler was Napoleon whose sculpture can be seen too. Life at Villa Petrolea must have been comfortable, special cooling equipment for champagne can be admired, a piano, the first gramophone in Azerbaijan, beautiful Meissen porcelain, and many other special decorative and useful items. The Nobles did a lot for social welfare of their workers and also contributed about 50% of the cost for the Lutheran church which still exists. Villa Petrolea is part of the history of the oil barons in Baku, so whoever is interested in the life of the Nobel family and the history of the oil boom in Baku should pay a visit to this very interesting house. Entrance is a modest 5 Manat (about 3 USD); I had agreed with the taxi driver that he shall wait for about 1 hour and bring us back to the city center, 10 Manat (about 5 USD) for the round trip and waiting time.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Response from Historian20, Public Relations Manager at House Museum of Nobel Brothers in Baku Villa Petrolea
Responded May 6, 2019
Thank you for your visit and such a comprehensive overview of your visit! And thank you for correcting the taxi drivers - they always think they know everything better, but Google Maps has saved the day more than once! :-) Please visit again in the future, especially once the main roads open up in a month or two.
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johnhhaskell wrote a review Apr 2019
Fort Lee, New Jersey81 contributions72 helpful votes
I visited Baku in April 2019 as part of an investor conference. 15 of the attendees were interested in seeing the Nobel House during a break in the conference. Of course the museum website and TripAdvisor both said that the museum was open, but just to be sure we had the concierge at the Four Seasons call too; he reported that someone answered the phone and the museum was open. All 15 of us loaded into 3 different Baku city taxis and headed off. The museum is about 6km from the center of town and is indeed surrounded by a construction site - a new housing development named "White City" because the area previously had been so polluted by oil spills that it was named "Black City." We pull up to the front door and it's locked tight. With 15 people plus three drivers we decided we had the advantage of numbers and started banging on every door we could find. After about ten minutes some sort of builder came out of the side door and told us to wait 15 minutes. Remarkably, 15 minutes later a guide drove up and opened the house up for us. I asked the guide (I believe his name was Namyk) if he could guide us in English, he said no, so I offered him a choice of Turkish or Russian and interestingly he unhesitatingly chose Russian, so I became the translator for the group. Namyk is a good guide, he gave us a lot of detail, not only about the house when the Nobels owned it but also its 20th-21st Century operation, including how it was cleaned up and renovated. Notably, it was the site of the 1994 signing of the "Deal of the Century" for the exploitation of Azerbaijan's first offshore field. The house is beautiful and represents a very important part of world economic history. I would definitely recommend it for anyone who is interested in the history of the oil business or that of the Nobel family. As for it being "a waste of money," this is absurd as admission is 5 manat ($3) and we paid each taxi driver 35 manat ($20 per 5 people) for a round-trip drive and to wait for us while we did the tour. Just call ahead!
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Response from Historian20, Public Relations Manager at House Museum of Nobel Brothers in Baku Villa Petrolea
Responded Apr 16, 2019
Thank you for your objective review and feedback. Due to the construction of the White City (a massive development unaffiliated with the BNHF) it keeps staff preoccupied coordinating activities with utility and road workers on a daily basis. English language tour guides are available but have to be expressly requested in advance, they are not staff of the BNHF and thus require separate arrangements. Thank you, and hope once all construction is over we can host you again, and earn 5 stars.
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Irina B wrote a review Apr 2019
Moscow, Russia3 contributions
If you are interested in cultural and business connections between Western Europe and Caucasus you should absolutely visit this beautiful house and garden. Brothers Nobel were large investors in oil production in Azerbaijan as well as construction of modern workers housing in Baku. You can see some real things that belonged to the Nobel family and some artefacts of the time (late 19th - beginning of 20th century). It's a private museum, and in excellent condition, though everything around the place is a construction site. I recommend to go by Uber, because you'll never find the place on your own.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Response from Historian20, Public Relations Manager at House Museum of Nobel Brothers in Baku Villa Petrolea
Responded Apr 8, 2019
Thank you for your kind and comprehensive review. We strive to show the great history and heritage left by the Nobel brothers and their family in Baku.
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