State Art Museum


Housed in two century-old oil-boom mansions, Baku’s foremost collection of classical art ranges from 17th-century French landscapes to Meiji-era Japanese ceramics to Russian portraits and a fine range of Azerbaijani graphics.

It's across a busy road from the Filarmoniya but access requires a lengthy detour as there's no underpass and traffic is relentless.

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