Tehran Tourist Attractions : National Museum


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Attraction Type Musuem
Chronology 1937
Historic Era Contemporary
Closed on Mon.
 Visiting Hours 8:30-17:00
 Entrance Fee 10,000 Rials

The National Museum of Iran or the Archeological Museum is an archeological and historical museum located in Tehran. It preserves ancient Persian Antiquities including pottery vessels, metal objects, books, coins etc. It was inaugurated in 1937.

The museum consists of two buildings. Building number one is dedicated to the pre-Islamic collection, while Building number two consists of post-Islamic artifacts.

The main entrance of building-1 of the museum is built in the style of Persia's Sassanid vaults, particularly the iwan of Ctesiphon.

Building number one consists of three halls. The three halls contain artifacts from lower, middle, and upper Paleolithic, as well as Neolithic, Chalcolothic, early and late Bronze Ages, Iron Ages I-III, through the Median, Achaemenid, Seleucid, Parthian, and Sassanid ages.

The oldest artifacts in the museum are from Kashaf Rud and Ganj Par sites that date back to Lower Palaeolithic. There are also 9000 year old human and animal figurines from Teppe Sarab in Kermanshah Province among the many other ancient artifacts.

The building itself was designed by French architect Andre Goddard in the early 20th century.

The post-Islamic part of the museum was inaugurated in 1996 and consists of three floors as well. It contains various pieces of pottery, textiles, texts, artworks, astrolabes, and adobe calligraphy from 1400 years of Islamic history in Iran.

Many of the museum's permanent collections are routinely loaned to other notable museums such as the British Museum in London.

Official website : www.nationalmuseumofiran.ir







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