Known as city of museums and art galleires, Tehran is the modern capital of Iran and is one of the most touristic cities that is visited by almost any traveler who travel to Iran. Visiting the Museums of Tehran lets visitors experience traveling back in time. Read below article to find out more about best Museums of Tehran that should be visited in this city.
Exploring museums and staring at objects left from old civilizations and dynasties is the favourite hobby and activity for many, and Tehran is home to so many museums with different themes and subjects from art and ancient history to sport and cinema. Since Iran is a travel destination known for its ancient history and rich culture, most travelers who visited Iran choose museums with historical themes, and there are many options for them.
Golestan Palace Museum
Golestan Palace is the only UNESCO World Heritage site in Tehran which originally dates back to Safavid Era (16th -17th century), with some extensions from the Zand Era, however its zenith was during the kingdom of Qajar kings especially Naser al Din Shah. The Shams ul Emareh Palace, Takht-e Marmar mansion (Marble Palace), the Karim Khani Nook, and the Abyaz Hall, the Negar Khaneh Museum, and the Anthropology Museum, are famous parts of the Golestan Palace and Museum Complex that amaze visitors with their wonderful architecture, ornaments and objects kept in them that provide information about the history and art of Iran during Qajar Era.
Golestan Palace Museum is located by Arg Square, in 15 Khordad Street, and the entrance fee for visiting four palaces would be around 15-20 USD.
Golestan Palace Museum - Tehran, Iran
National Museum of Iran
Known as one of the must-see attractions of Tehran the National Museum of Iran is located in 30 Tir Street and is a precious collection of heritages from pre-historic and historic era, kept in two separate buildings named Ancient Iran Museum, where objects from Palaeolithic era to pre-Islamic era are kept, and Islamic Era Museum where object from Islamic dynasties of Iran are available for visit. The National Museum of Iran is the most important museum of the country in terms of preserving, exhibiting, and studying archaeological collections excavated in different parts of Iran. The building of the Ancient Iran Museum which was built in 937 (59 years before the Islamic era Museum), is an architectural masterpiece designed by Andre Godard, great French architect.
National Museum of Iran - Tehran, Iran
Saad Abad Palace Complex
The Saad Abad Complex covers a 110-hectares area in the north of Tehran, which is a lush and cool area. Although this complex includes constructions from Qajar era, it is originally known as a heritage left from Pahlavi Dynasty. During the kingdom of Reza Shah, this vast garden got renovated and used as the summer residence of the king and later more glorious palaces and buildings were added to this complex, so there are totally 18 large and small palaces from both Qajar and Pahlavi dynasties are inside Saad Abad Complex. There are also some subsidiary buildings left like bowling club, theatre halls, pools, etc. The most important museums in Saad Abad Palace that should be visited are Water Museum, Royal Garments Museum, Museum of Mr. Hussein Behzad, Museum of Omidvar Brothers, Calligraphy Museum, and Museum of International Art.
Saad Abad Palace Complex - Tehran, Iran
Also known as Clock Museum, the Time Museum of Tehran (Moozeh Zaman) is located in Zafaraniyeh district in the north of Tehran, in a historical and fancy house which belonged to Mr. Hussein Khodadad. This museum is the first clock museum in Iran and includes a unique collection of antique and diverse clocks from centuries ago, including pendulum clocks, table clocks, wall clocks, and pocket watches of political and historical characters. There are also sand clocks, and sun clocks in the lush garden of the museum.
Holy Defence Museum of Tehran