Tehran in its heart features many interesting museums that all have a great and beautiful variety of exhibits. Hidden throughout the many palace complexes in Tehran are also several historic and art museums which tourists will enjoy such as the Painting and Miniature Art Museum that exhibits amazing masterpieces of Mr Farschian, a renown contemporary Iranian artist. In this article, we shall cover some of the famous museums located in the capital of Iran.
National Jewelry Museum of Iran
Located in the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the National Jewelry Museum features a wonderful collection of crown jewels and precious stones belonging to the various eras of Persian history dating all the way back to the Safavid era. Many of the dazzling exhibits of this museum belonging to the grand history of Persia have been recollected from all over the world and are on public display in this treasury. The National Jewelry Treasury of Iran covers an area of about 1000 square meters and some of its main highlights are the “Daria-i-Noor Diamond” which is one of the largest cut diamonds in the world and the famous “Peacock Throne”.
The National Jewelry Museum of Iran is open from Saturday to Tuesday but only for about two and a half hours from 2 PM to 4:30 PM so tourists will have to plan accordingly. The Museum is located in the Ferdowsi Avenue in the city center of Tehran.
The Carpet Museum of Iran
Carpets and carpet weaving have always had their special place in the history of Persia and are the most globally known and prized art of the Iranians. The Iran Carpet Museum located in the corner of the beautiful “Laleh Park” features a wide collection of Persian Carpets dating from over 400 years back in its area of over 3000 square meters. The Carpet Museum of Iran exhibits the various designs, patterns and colors of the Persian Carpets that can be found in the various grand bazaars and cities of Iran. The museum is also home to a vast library that features over 30 million books, many related to the many master arts of the Iranians.
The Carpet Museum of Iran is located in Fatemi Street and is opened from Tuesday to Sunday from 9AM until 6 PM.
The National Museum of Iran
If tourists want to dive into the great history of Persia, there is no better museum than the National Museum of Iran, which features two different complexes, the Museum of Ancient Iran and the Museum of the Islamic Era. These Museums are home to some of the most ancient reminders of the great Persian Civilization and its society. Travelers will be able to view a vast collection of exhibits from ancient fossils to various pottery vessels, historic statue and building remains, old metals and textiles and some rare coins. There are also some prehistoric tools and remains showcased in this museum dating back to over 30,000 years.
The Museum of the Islamic Era also exhibits the fascinating history of Persia but zooms in on the Islamic era and the Islamic arts that are wonderful to view especially artifacts and handicrafts dating back to the Safavid Dynasty.
The National Museum of Iran is located in the beautiful cobblestone street of “Si-e-Tir” and is open all throughout the week from 9 AM to 6:30 PM.
The National Arts Museum
Art and handicrafts are a trademark of the historic Persian culture and throughout the generations, Iran has always seen many talented artists that are globally famous for their works and masterpieces. Painting, carpet weaving, calligraphy, miniature, woodcarving, engraving and many other delicate arts, are all exhibited in grand style in the National Arts Museum. This museum located in the beautiful Negarestan Garden features over 270 magnificent examples of the Iranian artistry in the various fields of art.
The National Arts Museum is open all through from 9 AM to 7 PM except on Mondays which it is fully closed.
If travelers enjoy the Iranian artwork, we also encourage all guests to visit the “Reza Abbasi Museum” located in Shariati Street, which houses many grand samples of Persian art.
The Modern Arts Museum
Located in “Laleh Park” and next to the Carpet Museum, the Modern Arts Museum of Iran features a wide range of contemporary paintings, sculptures and other forms of modern art. This museum houses local and international modern art in an indoor and outdoor area and alongside viewing the many historic Persian art in Tehran, travelers will also enjoy viewing the creative pieces of art showcase in the Modern Arts Museum. Tourists will also be fascinated by the collection of prized artwork from legendary international painters such as Pablo Picasso amd Max Ernst.
The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art is open from Sunday to Thursday from 10 AM to 6 PM and on Friday from 3 PM to 6 PM. This Museum is closed on Saturdays.
We encourage all tourists to keep a day or two to visit these interesting Museums and their exhibits upon their stay in Tehran.