National Museum of Iran

Also known as: Iran Bastan Museum

History within History

Not far from Bazaar of Teharn, you are offered a rare tour of ancient Persia, once you step inside the National Museum of Iran. It is made up of an old building and a new building. Immediately after you enter the courtyard, you notice a two-floor building with a red brick entranceway and dome, reminiscent of the Sassanid architecture.
The first building, designed by famous French architect Andre Godard, was inaugurated in 1937. Any visitor here is stunned by the variety of archaeological relics, including artifacts from prehistoric Iran to the end of the Sassanid period.
Here you can also take a look at Elamite artifacts discovered at Susa and Chogha Zanbil and a wealth of Achaemenid period decorations from Persepolis.
But, this is just the start of your fascinating tour throughout Iran’s history. Look, for example, for the impressive selection of Lorestan bronzes, dating back to the 8th century BC. You will also have the chance to get a glimpse of the startling Salt Man. He’s thought to have been a miner who died in the 3rd or 4th century A.D.


Post-Sassanid Iran

On the grassy grounds of the archeological museum, there is the modernistic white travertine National Arts Museum, opened in 1972. This building contains Islamic-era artifacts, from manuscripts, paintings and calligraphy to astronomy equipment, glass works and medical instruments.
At this 3-storey building, the curator will definitely show you the Hall of Clay and Ceramic and also Hall of Metal, which are full of magnificent shapes and colors.
All the objects on display in this museum have been systematically unearthed. So, you would easily know where the site is and who the excavator is. All the objects have been arranged chronologically.

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