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The 12 Best Museums in Tehran

by Parastoo Sahebi
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Visiting museums may be fun for many people. Fortunately, in the city of Tehran, there are many museums with various topics and themes, which are considered as famous sightseeing places in Tehran. Stay tuned for the list of the 12 best museums in Tehran.

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Must-See Museums in Tehran

1)    The National Museum of Iran

  • Location: No. one, Professor Rollen Street, the beginning of Si Tir Street, Imam Khomeini Street, Tehran, Iran
  • Working hours: spring and summer every day from 9 am to 7 pm; Autumn and winter every day from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.
  • Phone number: +982166702061

The National Museum of Iran is the first official museum and the most important archaeological museum of the country, which was established in the early 1930s. This museum contains works from the oldest era of human life to the present day. These objects, which are the result of scientific and archeological explorations, have been exhibited in two museums of ancient Iran and the museum of the Islamic era.

In the Museum of Ancient Iran, the works on display are from prehistoric and historical periods, from the Paleolithic era to the Sassanid period, and in the Museum of the Islamic Era, you can see works from the early centuries of Islam to the Qajar era.

2)    Moghaddam Museum

  • Location: No. 251, next to Mellat Bank, after Sheikh Hadi, Imam Khomeini St., Tehran, Iran
  • Working hours: every day except Mondays and public holidays from 9:00 to 17:00
  • Phone number: +982166463144

Moghadam Museum House is another Tehran museum under the management of Tehran University and one of the best museums in Iran to visit. This beautiful and spectacular museum house is a cozy and soulful place to spend unforgettable hours. This house dates back to the Qajar era and was owned by Muhammad Taqi Khan, one of the courtiers of this period, who later passed this place to his son Mohsen Moghadam.

The outer courtyard, the pond, the inner counter room, the reception room, the manor house, the Qajar porch, and the greenhouse are among the constituent parts of this house. In this museum, you can see the collections collected by Mohsen Moghadam such as pottery, glass, coins, paintings, and medals.

3)    Malek National Museum

  • Location: Opposite the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, United Nations St. or Bagh Melli, Imam Khomeini St., Tehran, Iran
  • Working hours: Spring and summer: 8:15 to 16:45; Autumn and winter: 8:30 to 16:15; Thursdays until 15:45; This museum is closed on Fridays.
  • Phone number: +982166700988

Malek Museum is one of the private museums in the country, which is managed under the supervision of Astan Quds Razavi. This museum and its library have been established with the efforts of a well-known person named Haj Hossein Agha Malek and it has become one of the most important and best museums in Tehran. Until 1975, this museum was located in the house of Haj Agha Malek, which is in the market of Tehran.

In this museum, a unique and valuable collection of coins from different historical and Islamic eras, works of art such as exquisite paintings, lacquerware, stamps, carpets, and calligraphy works are on display. The upper floor of this museum is dedicated to the library. This library is one of the six great treasures of Iran’s manuscripts, where 19 thousand of rare and exquisite manuscripts are kept.

It also has about 100,000 printed books, 3,568 lithographic books, and 548 titles of periodicals in 6,000 volumes. A significant part of the printed books belongs to before 1320 and are among the first printed books of Iran.

4)    Money Museum

  • Location: Money Museum, Eram cultural-entertainment complex, after Sattari intersection, 4th km of Tehran-Karaj highway, Tehran, Iran
  • Working hours: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
  • Phone number: +982188774745

Money Museum is the first specialized and permanent museum of banknotes, coins, and other securities in Iran. By visiting this place, you will learn about the evolution of coins and paper money in Iran. This collection includes sections on coins and bills of different countries, the era before the creation of money, the sections related to the history of coins, and the sections related to the history of banknotes. 1400 coins from different periods of Iran’s history, 750 banknotes, and 200 securities are exhibited in the Money Museum.

5)    Reza Abbasi Museum

  • Location: No. 982, Opposite the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of Khajeh Nasiruddin Tosi University of Technology, before Seyedkhandan Bridge, Shariati St., Tehran, Iran
  • Working hours: spring and summer from 9:00 to 19:00; Autumn and winter from 9 to 17:00.
  • Phone number: +982188513003

One of the best museums in Tehran is Reza Abbasi Museum, which is named after the famous Safavid painter Reza Abbasi. In this museum, works from the second millennium BC to the beginning of the 20th century, i.e. the end of the Qajar period, are on display in five sections. These sections include the hall of the pre-Islamic period, the hall of Islamic arts one and two, the hall of paintings, and the hall of calligraphy.


6)    National Jewelry Museum of Iran

  • Location: Central Bank Building of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Corner of Central Bank Alley, Ferdowsi St., Imam Khomeini Square, Tehran, Iran
  • Working hours: Saturday to Tuesday from 14:00 to 17:00
  • Phone number: +982164463790

The National Jewelry Museum is one of those museums that you cannot get enough of seeing once, and you will definitely visit again and again. This exquisite and precious treasure which is one of the best museums in Tehran was opened with the establishment of the Central Bank of Iran and was entrusted to this bank and is now managed under the supervision of the Central Bank.

This treasure of jewels from the Safavid to Pahlavi eras is on display, among which the diamond known as the Sea of Light, the Pahlavi crown belonging to Reza Shah and Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, the Naderi crown, the Kiani crown, the jeweled sphere, the peacock throne or the sun throne are among the most prominent ones.

7)    Glass and Pottery Museum

  • Location: No. 59, Before reaching Jumhori St., Si Tir St., Imam Khomeini St.
  • Working hours: 8:00 to 17:30
  • Phone number: +982166708153

This museum is located in a Qajar building known as the Qavam complex. This complex was the home and workplace of Qawam al-Saltaneh (prime minister during Ahmad Shah Qajar and Pahlavi eras) and after that, it was at the disposal of the Egyptian Embassy for seven years, and in the following years, it was the Embassy of Afghanistan and the Commercial Bank of Iran. Is. It was later purchased from the Commercial Bank and handed over to the former Ministry of Culture and Art for the purpose of establishing a specialized pottery and glass museum.

Tehran Museum of Glass and Pottery is considered the only specialized glass and pottery museum in Iran and one of the best museums in Tehran. The project of changing the usage of the Qavam building and turning it into a museum of glass and pottery was entrusted to the famous Austrian architect and engineer Hans Hollein. Using the architectural indicators of Iran before and after Islam and the formal and historical characteristics of the works, Hollein designed the showcases of objects and the design of the museum halls.

The exhibition section includes six halls. On the ground floor, historical objects from pre-history to pre-Islamic periods, are displayed in the audio-visual halls, Mina and Bolur. On the first floor of the museum, there are the halls of Sadaf, Zarinfam, and Lajevard, where objects from the Islamic era to the present are displayed.

8)    Communication Museum (Old Oost and Telecommunications)

  • Location: Next to Bagh Melli, Imam Khomeini St., Imam Khomeini Square, Tehran, Iran
  • Working hours: Saturday to Wednesday; From 9:00 to 17:00
  • Phone number: +982166709132

This museum, which has acquired different names in the past, was established during the time of the old post ministers, Surasrafil and Nezamuddin Hekmat, in an area of about 15,000 square meters on Sepah (Imam Khomeini) Street. Nikolai Markov, Egal, and Mazloumian participated in the design of this building and its construction was inspired by the style of Achaemenid architecture and Islamic architecture of the Safavid era.

The Museum of Communications has several sections, such as the western entrance hall, telegraph and telephone hall, telecommunications, radio, stamps, ministers, Chapar Shohada laminated stamps, and ceremony halls.

9)    National Bank Museum

  • Location: Opposite the German Embassy, Ferdowsi St., Imam Khomeini Square, Tehran, Iran
  • Working hours: Saturday to Wednesday from 13:00 to 17:00
  • Phone number: +982160994035

The National Bank of Iran museum is located in the building of the bank’s savings fund. The designer of this bank was a German architect, who designed this building with a combination of Iranian architecture of the Achaemenid period and European architecture. The savings fund building was registered in the national heritage list under number 2930 and according to the approval of the Board of Directors of the National Bank of Iran, it was allocated for the establishment of the bank museum in Tehran and finally on July 21, 2016, after renovation and restoration, it was designated as a museum and hence became one of the best museums of Tehran.

In the Museum of the National Bank of Iran, old coins of Iran from the Achaemenid period to the modern era, devices used in the bank and related documents, objects donated to the bank by various Iranian and foreign institutions, paintings from the Qajar period, and paintings of the faces of the former general managers of the bank, examples of the printing works of Melli Bank of Iran printing house and much more have been displayed. One of the most attractive parts of the museum of the National Bank of Iran is the banknotes section, where sample banknotes are displayed.

10)  Museum of Music

  • Location: No. 9, Corner of Niloufar Alley, Muzeh St., Shahid Ebrahim Darbandi St, Tajrish Square, Tehran, Iran
  • Working hours: Spring and summer: 10:00 to 18:00; Autumn and winter from 10:00 to 17:00; Day off Saturdays
  • Phone number: +982122672785

One of Tehran’s most famous art museums is the Museum of music, which was opened in 2008. This museum has three floors and various sections such as the instrument exhibition hall, museum treasure, audio and video archive, performance hall and music recording studio, specialized library, workshop showing the stages of instrument construction, a special unit for the maintenance of optimized instruments, a special section to touch the instruments. The exhibition is about the history of music recording equipment, written and recorded documents, audio-visual parts, and a coffee shop.

The instrument showroom is divided into string instruments, percussion instruments, and wind instruments. The treasure section of the museum is dedicated to the instruments and belongings of renowned musicians, researchers, and some personal belongings of the professors, including Ahmed Ebadi, Haj Qurban Soleimani, Khatereh Parvaneh, and Colonel Alinaqi vaziri.


11)   Museum of Iranian Culture and Dolls

  • Locations: Saadi St., Dolat metro station, Tehran, Iran
  • Working hours: Group visits: Saturday to Wednesday; Individual and family visits: Thursday and Friday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm Closed: Mondays
  • Phone number: +989360344672

This museum is a place for visitors, especially children, teenagers, and families, to familiarize themselves with dolls and the culture of nations, especially Iran. In this museum, you will get to know the customs, way of life, stories and legends, clothes, and other cultural elements of the countries of the world with a focus on Iran.

This museum has more than two thousand pieces of dolls from 80 countries of the world, which are displayed in different parts of the museum by continent.

12) San’ati Museum

  • Location: No. 56, Ferdowsi Street, North-west side of Imam Khomeini Square, Tehran, Iran
  • Working hours: 9:00 to 15:30

Another art museum in Tehran is Ostad San’ati Museum, which was formerly known as Shir and Khurshid Museum, Red Crescent Museum, and 13 Aban Museum. This museum was established in a Qajar mansion. Ostad San’ati is one of the first sculptors and painters of the contemporary realism style and the founder of the first contemporary art museum in the country. In this museum, plaster, stone, and bronze paintings, figures, and statues of Iranian scientific and literary figures are on display.

The most interesting part of this small and old museum is the figure of a group of political prisoners of the Qajar period, created by Ali Akbar San”ati. This large figure is located right in the center of the museum. The statue of Ferdowsi, Sa”adi, Masih Masloub, Dehkhoda, Kamalul Molk, Karimkhan Zand, Jawaharlal Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi, Louis Pasteur, Malik al-Sho’ara Bahar, Shah Abbas and the big statue of Nader Shah Afshar are among the other statues that can be seen in San’ati museum, one of the best museums of Tehran.

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