The National Museum of Iran (Muzeye Melliye Iran) founded in 1937, is a traveller’s paradise comprised of two museum complexes; The Museum of Ancient Iran and The Museum of the [post] Islamic Era. The museums are home to historical artifacts and monuments from the times of ancient and medieval Iran. Included in these rare and antiquated collections are a variety of pottery vessels, fossils, metal ornaments and objects, remains of traditional rugs and textiles alongside books and coins. Aside from the exceptional artifact collections the museum also hosts research departments; Paleolithic, Osteological and pottery studies center. Come along with goingIRAN to learn and discover much more about this attraction.

Alongside the ancient Persian artifacts, tourists and travellers visiting the museums are often amazed by the objects from the Lower Paleolithic period. Dating back 3.4 million years ago, the museum’s recovered tools and objects from Kashafrud, Darband and Ganjpar sites. Mousterian stone tools of Neanderthals are also part of this prehistoric collection here. Tools from the Upper Paleolithic period can also be found, dating back 30,000 – 35,000 years ago from the Yafteh Cave. It is not only the tools that are fascinating, however. The museum also houses preserved 9000 year old human and animals that were found in Sarab Hill, Kermanshah.

Inspired by Sassanid architecture, the Museum of Ancient Iran was designed by Andre Godard, a French architect, in the 1930s. The construction of this building started in 1935 and came to completion in 1937. The building for The Museum of the [post] Islamic Era’s construction was completed in 1972; however renovations continued on for several oncoming years.  All together, the complex property takes up a giant 11,000 meters squared area. The beautiful antiquated architecture of the museums and their old-fashioned-eastern courtyards still uphold a magnificent traditional Persian atmosphere. So much so that upon walking into this ancient-tale-like complex, visitors are immediately captivated and taken back in time!

City/Town: Tehran
Street Address: No. 1, Professor Rolan St., First of Si Tir St., Imam Khomeyni Ave.
Telephone: (+98-21) 66702061-6
Operating Days: Every days
Operating Hours: 9am – 6pm
Typical Price: Museum of pre-historic & Historical periods 300.000 Rils. and museum of Islamic periods 200.000 Rils.
Neighbourhood: Abgineh museum – Post museum – Communication museum – Iran Science & Technology Museum – Tehran’s grand bazaar – Ebrat museum – Malek National library and museum –


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