When you make a trip to Iran, you will explore various interesting sites and monuments of ancient times. Though there are numerous places that are must-visits, you should not miss the Tehran museums. These museums are reflections of ancient art and culture. Their collections are amazing and highly valuable.
There are seven museums that are great tourist attractions. Every museum is unique in its own way. If you let pass even one of these you are surely going to miss its splendid collection.
Also known as Museum of Ancient Iran, it is an archeological and historical museum. As the first scientific museum of Iran, it displays ancient relics. The valuable pieces exhibited here range from intact 7000-year-old clay pots to Korans from the 3rd-13th century.
Comprised of two buildings for exhibiting its collection, National Museum showcases stone figures, pottery, books, coins and even genuine architecture of various historical eras.
Golestan Palace Museum
Located in at Arq Square, Tehran, it is a very popular monument that is tourist hot spot. Comprised of seven parts, it unveils remains of Tehran’s Historical Citadel (Arg).
On your trip to Iran, as long as you are staying in Tehran, you can easily reach this place in city center.
Golestan Museum is a palace complex consisting of seven buildings:
1- Anthropology Museum
2- Diamond Building
3- Aks khaneh (house of photography)
4- Howz khaneh (house of piscine)
5- Negar khaneh (Picture-Gallery)
6- Shams-ul-Emareh Building.
7- Marble Throne Hall
As the name suggests, carpet museum is all about variety of Persian carpets. It is a beautifully crafted structure, with carpet loom shaped facade. Located North West of Laleh Park, it consists of two halls exhibiting wide variety of carpets, dating from 16th century to present times. Moreover, it also has a library that houses thousands of books, thus making it a must- visit.
Reza Abbasi Museum
It is one of the premium Tehran museums that are named after a great artist of Safavid period. Located in a four story building, it has Pre-Islam and post-Islam galleries. It houses objects of Iranian Art from 6,000 BC to the 20th century.
Displaying its collection chronologically, some of its enticing artworks are manuscripts and jewelry from pre-Islam period and calligraphy works from the post-Islam period. The collection also includes artifacts made of clay, metal objects, pottery, paintings etc.
Treasury of National Jewels
Owned by the Central Bank and nestled underneath central branch of Bank Melli, it is an impressive monument that will leave you awe-struck. Your trip to Iran can never be complete if you miss this museum. It displays jewels that are legendary and invaluable. Heavily guarded, the museum houses dazzling collection of jewelry that dates back to Safavid times.
Some of the greatest pieces include Darya-ye Nur (Sea of Light), a pink diamond (said to be the largest uncut diamond in the world), the crowns worn by the last shah and his wife, Farah etc.
Museum of Contemporary Arts
It is one of the finest museums of Tehran. Inspired by traditional Persian architecture and modern architecture, this building is in essence a perfect blend of both the styles. Comprising of nine galleries, it has a wide collection of valuable art works. Its three galleries are dedicated to the paintings of notable international artists like Picasso, Van Gogh and many more. Other six galleries are often used for organizing exhibitions.
The museum also has a library, cinematheque, coffee shop, bookshop and photography workshop. So, it’s worth a visit.
Situated at an altitude of 1200 meters above sea level, Tehran is known to be a city of all four seasons. Hence you can make your plan as per your favorable season. So, you can pack up your bags any time for a trip to Iran. Just do not forget to visit Tehran museums to make your tour memorable.
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