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National Museum of Iran

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The National Museum of Iran is located in Tehran, Iran and it is  combination of two buildings which include the Museum of Ancient Iran and the white travertine Museum of the Islamic Era.


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  • Phone Call : +982166702061-3
  • website : www.nationalmuseumofiran.ir
  • Price : Economic
  • Hours of work : 9:00-16:00
  • Address : cnr of 30th Tir st, Imam Khomeyni st, Tehran, Iran

This modest museum is no Louvre, but it is chock-full of Iran`s rich history. Designed by French architect André Godard and completed in 1928, it`s one of the more attractive modern buildings in Tehran, blending Sassanian principles such as the grand iwan -style entrance with art deco– style brickwork. Inside is a collection including ceramics, pottery, stone figures and carvings, mostly taken from excavations at Persepolis, Ismail Abad (near Qazvin), Shush, Rey and Turang Tappeh. Unfortunately, the presentation of these treasures is less than inspired and the lack of useful explanations particularly underwhelming (ask for an English `brochure` when buying the ticket, you might get lucky). There is some English labelling, and English-speaking guides are available, though you`ll probably need to wait for one.

  • Background information

    The Museum of Ancient Iran was designed by French architect Andre Godard in the early 20th century. It has an area of approximately 11000 square meters. Building began in 1935 and was completed within two years by Abbas Ali Memar and Morad Tabrizi. The museum was officially inaugurated in 1937.
    The second building, the Museum of the Islamic Era, built on the grassy grounds of the Museum of Ancient Iran, went through quite a few hasty interior changes, and was still being remodeled when the 1979 Revolution swept the country.
    While the old building always had a clear mandate to show archaeological relics (and also some rare medieval textiles and rug pieces), the new building began its life by featuring the exquisite Amlash pottery from the prehistoric Caspian Sea regions of Iran. This was followed by some modern arts, and the repeated gutting and remodeling of the interior.
    The older building consists of three halls. The halls contain artifacts and fossils from the lower, middle, and upper Paleolithic, as well as the Neolithic, Chalcolithic, early and late Bronze Age, and Iron Ages I-III, through the Median, Achaemenid, Seleucid, Parthian, and Sassanid periods.
    The newer building consists of three floors. It contains various pieces of pottery, textiles, texts, artworks, astrolabes, and adobe calligraphy, from Iran`s post-Islamic era.
    Plans are underway for the construction of another building, as the current ones lack the capacity and standards for preserving all of the excavated treasures.
  • Specific information

    The oldest artifacts in the museum are from Kashafrud, Darband and Ganj Par, sites that date back to the Lower Paleolithic period. Mousterian stone tools made by Neanderthals are also on display in the first hall. The most important Upper Paleolithic tools are from the Yafteh Cave, dating back about 30,000-35,000 years. There are also 9,000 year-old human and animal figurines from Sarab Hill in Kermanshah Province, among many other ancient artifacts.
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    One of the more startling exhibits is the Salt Man from Zanjan. He`s thought to have been a miner who died in the 3rd or 4th century AD, but whose white-bearded head, leg in a leather boot and tools were preserved by the salt in which he was buried. More comical is a bronze statue Parthian prince`Shami` found in Khuzestan, whose cheesy moustache looks out from a head obviously made separately from the much larger body. Look also for the impressive selection of Lorestan bronzes , dating back to the 8th century BC.
  • Pros

    There is some English labelling, and English-speaking guides are available, though you`ll probably need to wait for one.
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