The National History Museum of Azerbaijan turned 90 years old in 2010. The museum was first named Azerbaijan State Museum and since then has continued to strengthen its profile. It attracts people’s attention with its expositions and exhibitions that reflect all periods of Azerbaijan history. Today 300 thousand patterns immortalizing the history of the nation are saved in various funds of the museum. In the library of the museum there are more than 80,000 books, as well as rare journals and newspapers printed in the early 19th-20th centuries.
The museum building is one of the most beautiful architectural monuments of Baku, built as part of chief architect Josef Goslavsky’s project. The mansion was the residence of famous entrepreneur and philanthropist Hadji Zeynalabdin Tagiyev and has been a museum since 1920. In 2004-2007 the museum was repaired under the initiative of Mr. Ilham Aliyev, the President of Azerbaijan. The museum was provided with new equipment and its rare exhibits were restored with allocated investment by the President and the Government to preserve the cultural heritage of the nation.
The great son of Azerbaijan, Hadji Zeynalabdin Tagiyev’s life and activity have been celebrated in the ten rooms of the museum. He rendered great services to his people and was named “Father of the Nation”. The new exposition was opened in 2007 and since then scientific research and cultural enlightenment has broadened its profile appropriate to national strategy. After opening, various exhibitions, scientific-practical seminars and conferences, books, booklets, and catalogues prepared by employees of the museum have been appreciated by people who are interested in material and the spiritual culture of the museum.