Heydar Aliyev Centre

Price Range

15 - 30.00




The Heydar Aliyev Center is one of the most imposing buildings in Baku. It is the largest cultural hub in Azerbaijan. This complex of buildings was built over 57 519 square meters. The center takes its name from Heydar Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan, between October 1993 and October 2003.

Iraqi British Architect Zaha Hadid designed the building after an international design competition in 2007. The project was completed in 2012. Rows and grids are the embodiments of traditional Islamic elements as a nod to Azeri national identity.

This site in the center of the city has a pivotal role in Baku's re-urbanization on the Western Coast of the Caspian Sea. This is a must-visit place during the Azerbaijan trip.



The Heydar Aliyev Center exhibits innovative and avant-garde design, making it a globally recognized architectural work and reference point for contemporary Baku. It is no surprise that the building bagged nominations for the bi-annual Inside Festival in 1913 and the World Architectural Festival prize. 

Azerbaijan became free in 1991 after the collapse of the USSR. Consequently, it departed from the rules of Soviet Modernism. It made tremendous innovations in the development of architecture, infrastructure, and modernization.


The center was designed as the main venue for national cultural events. It was different from the overall monumental Soviet architecture in Baku. It expressed the sensitivity of Azeri culture and optimism of Azerbaijan for the future.


The Baku complex comprises a conference center with auditorium and meeting rooms, museums, a library, a restaurant, and parking. These are connected by an interior space and the fluid and curved outer covering, extending across the whole structure.

Exterior access

Visitors cross a long park to arrive at the building and reach a square paved with white concrete (Cultural Plaza). The culture plaza opens at the arterial road into the city. This is an outdoor space for the Cultural Center and a welcoming space for visitors.

The project consists of a landscape of terraces connecting and routes the underground metro station, the construction, and the public square. This key design feature rules out the requirement for extra excavation.

Culture Plaza

The inside of the building and the surrounding square share fluid and continuous relationships in the design. The plaza hems in an equally public interior space. It ascertains a sequence of event spaces for the composite celebration of Azeri culture.

Zaha Hadid created a series of interlaced terraces with bifurcations, undulations, waterfalls, and water mirrors.  It converts the plaza into an architectural landscape.


Continuous surfaces twist to transform the walls into slopes and ceilings in the interior of the center. Lobby spaces on the ground floor form public spaces to unite the center's program's different aspects, and fusion persists throughout the building's interior.

The floors transform into walls and ramps, rotating, twisting on soffits and ceilings to form an endless white landscape.


The library in the north has its entrance and takes advantage of the natural light. The levels for archives and reading are stacked one on top of each other.

Ramps connect the floors. The library connects with a ramp from the library's ground floor to the first floor of the museum. The Conference Hall connects the library by a bridge across the entrance hall.


The auditorium and its linked amenities are directly accessible from the plaza. The main entrance is in the space which has been carved out of the exterior layer. The Northside of the building has secondary access.


Two systems of spatial structure and concrete structure are combined to work together. Large-scale, free spaces of columns allow visitors to experiment with the fluidity of the interior. The walls and curtain wall system absorb vertical structural elements.


In construction, 19000 tonnes of steel molds, 194,000 formworks, and 121,000 m3 of reinforced concrete were used. There were17,000 individual panels with various geometries. The shape of the external skin consumed 5500 tonnes of structural steel.


Illumination emphasized the continuous relationship between the interior and exterior. The appearance of light alters as per the time and the perspective during the day. By night, the illumination flows from the interior and transforms the building



  • Sunday : 11:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Tuesday : 11:00 am to 07:00 pm
  • Wednesday : 11:00 am to 07:00 pm
  • Thursday : 11:00 am to 07:00 pm
  • Friday : 11:00 am to 07:00 pm
  • Saturday : 11:00 am to 06:00 pm

Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.


How to Reach

  • Metro : The red and green lines service the closest subway station, Nariman Narimanov. Board the red line from the Old Town from Icherisheher to Nariman Narimanov. You can walk to the center in 10-15 minutes.
  • Bus : Board buses 13, 2, or 1 to get to the Academy of Fine Arts station on Heydar Aliyev Avenue.


Ticket Pricing

  • Adult : The ticket price is 15 AZN (646.20 INR) per adult for the whole museum except the Classic Car exhibition, which costs an extra 10 AZN (430.91 INR).
  • Guide costs : 20 AZN (861.59 INR) or 30 AZN (1292.39 INR) for a group of 3 or more people....
  • Kids : Kids under 6 can visit for free. ...

Things to Do

  • Walk on perfectly manicured grass lawns and have a ball with your near and dear ones.
  • You can click the photograph freely because nobody is going to forbid you from that.


Heydar Aliyev Centre, Heydar Aliyev Avenue, Baku, Azerbaijan

Rating & Reviews

Based on 7318 reviews
Very Good
08/11/2020 11:36
Everything is SO beautiful and the place is huuuuuge. The place is extremely organized and also the people working there are nice. The price was extremely reasonable and the place didn’t feel suffocating like most museums i’ve been to. Also the details of everything are on point! My favorite part was the dolls area but I don’t think I took pictures.
Tariq Ahsan
Tariq Ahsan
01/27/2020 18:33
Stunning building. One of its kind. A must see if you are in Baku. Very large halls, so much open space inside and outside, museum depicting history and culture of Azerbaijan. Lovely place to spend 2-3 hours. Great work.
Julia Boechat
Julia Boechat
06/22/2020 17:09
Beautiful architecture, and great exhibit about Azerbaijani culture. The part about the president himself is quite odd, but the centre is still a great visit.
Andrei Petrescu
Andrei Petrescu
01/10/2020 12:28
One of the most interesting architectural design I have ever seen. I arrived here early in the morning so without tourists, I could easily admire the fluid shape of the museum, within the light of sunrise, if felt surreal and picked from imaginary scenery. Designed in 2012, the building has a futuristic vibe and it is a must do if you are in Baku.
Madhu Sarda
Madhu Sarda
12/22/2019 13:03
Amazing place. We had little time so couldn’t enjoy fully. Can spend a day there. So much to see, absorb and enjoy. Must visit. Even the food trucks are amazing.

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The project has played an integral role in the city's intellectual life, and it houses a gallery hall, a museum, and a conference hall(auditorium). The site has played a pivotal role in the redevelopment of Baku.
The purpose of the Heydar Aliyev Center is to host cultural events and promote the Azerbaijani language, history, and culture. It spearheaded the process of the Azerbaijani modernization, nation-building, and the country's recent economic development. ...
Steel space frame and glass fiber reinforced concrete panels make its shell and conceal the walls' vertical supports. Zaha Hadid was shortlisted in a competition to undertake the 57000 square meter building in 2007....
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