Tourist & Resident Guide to Iran

Friday, April 07, 2006

National Museum of Iran

National Museum of Iran, Tehran

The National Museum of Iran is an archaeological and history museum in central Tehran and preserves some of the world's most valuable Persian antiquities.

The collection is a must-see on any visit to Tehran. The museum opened in 1937 and the building housing the pre-Islamic period collection was designed by French architect Andre Godard and is modeled on a Sassanian palace.

The National Museum of Iran is actually made up of two separate buildings: Godard's building contains pre-Islamic period exhibits, the second building next door (opened in 1996) consists of the post-Islamic collection - Islamic period art, books, calligraphy, carpets, ceramics, minatures and textiles from over 1000 years of the Muslim history of Iran.

The collection of ancient Persian art contains pieces from Shush, Persepolis, Ismail Abad, Rey and Turang Tappeh.



Relief Sculpture, National Museum of Iran, Tehran


National Museum of Iran, Tehran

© Camille-Hélène Lemouchoux


Statue, National Museum of Iran, Tehran


National Museum of Iran, Tehran

© Camille-Hélène Lemouchoux



Details

National Museum of Iran
Open 9am-1pm; 2pm-4pm
Closed Tuesday
14-16 672061-6 Emam Khomeini Avenue,
Si-e-Tir corner, Tehran
Tel: 620 2061
www.nationalmuseumofiran.ir

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