One of the most treasured museums in Iran; the magnificent Reza Abbasi Museum was named after a famous Iranian Artist of the Safavid Era and is the guardian of an invaluable collection of ancient Persian art. The museum reveals marvelous pieces of Persian artwork dating back to the 2nd millennium BC (Pre-Islam and Islamic Eras). Initially established under the order of Queen Farah Pahlavi in 1977, it is now administered by Cultural Heritage Organization of Iran. Come along with goingIRAN to learn and discover more about this attraction!

Aside from the awesome nightlife and modern sights, such museums make staying in the busy chaotic capital, Tehran, an exquisite experience. Allow yourself to be completely immersed in true and authentic ancient Persian culture. The Reza Abbasi Museum houses 4 packed floors (including the ground floor) of epically rare ancient artifacts from ancient Persia. As visitors work their way up to the top floor, the time interval of the pieces go further back in time. The ground floor features a temporary art exhibition hall and various educational art classes such calligraphy, traditional Persian painting, oil painting, watercolor painting…etc. The first floor has two galleries; one for paintings and one for calligraphy from the 2nd millennium BC to early 20th century. The two galleries on the second floor pertain to artifacts from the Islamic Era. Lastly, the third floor is comprised of a massive library holding over 10,000 books in the English, French and German languages about Persian art, history, archaeology and classical paintings. Across from the library, finally, is the spectacular collection of Pre-Islamic Persian artwork.

The Reza Abbasi Museum is a hub for all enthusiasts of Persian culture. The old building does indeed look, in a way, like an old treasure chest; dusty and old from the outside, but filled with awe-inspiring marvels on the inside. It safely keeps beautiful artifacts made of baked clay, metal, and stone, pottery and metal objects, textile and lacquer painting, manuscripts and jewelry. Every day this well-cared for museum attracts the attention of both local and foreign visitors and tourists. It is open from 9 – 6pm during the spring and summer and 9 – 5pm during autumn and winter. If you want to have a good look around this densely packed collection of treasures, we suggest setting at least 2 – 3 hours for this destination.

City/Town: Tehran
Street Address: Reza Abbasi museum, Shariati Ave., Near the Seyed Khandan bridge (Pol-e Seyed Khandan)
Telephone: (+98-21) 863001-2
Operating Days: Every days (Except Mondays and religious holidays)
Operating Hours: 9 am – 5 pm
Typical Price: 250.000 Rils.


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