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Exploring Tehran Museums

City of Museums

HelloPersia
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Many visitors believe Tehran is important due to its political significance but there are many other aspects! Nicknamed as the “city of museums”, Tehran provides a valuable opportunity to those who want to know more about Iran and Iranian culture. This has turned Tehran into a must-see tourist destination.

The city hosts a wide range of museums from garden museums to ancient history museums and palace museums. These cultural attractions and much more make Tehran a city which will steal your heart.

Tehran National Museum
Tehran National Museum

During the last two royal dynasties, Qajar and Pahlavi, several museums were built in Tehran to show off the power and authority of its rulers. If you have a tendency to know more about the exquisite lifestyle of the rulers, just visit sites such as Golestan, Niavaran, and Sa’dabad palace complexes.

Are you interested in contemporary art? Then “Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art” is the best choice. It showcases the most prized and significant collections of 19th and 20th century’s world-class European and American paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures. It has also the greatest collections of Iranian modern and contemporary artists such as Sohrab Sepehri and Parviz Tanavoli. The museum’s concrete building features a modern take on the traditional Persian wind tower.

Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art

Once you have finished visiting Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, make sure not to miss the Carpet Museum. It is just within your walking distance. The museum exhibits a variety of Persian carpets from all over Iran, some dating back the 16th century. This is a great place to get familiar with regional patterns and styles, found in Iran. The Carpet Museum has a few unique carpets such as the Tree of Life with Kings and Notables. The architect used a perforated structure to resemble a carpet loom and reduce the impact of the hot summer sun on the interior temperature as well.

If you want to know about Iran’s history you should visit Reza Abbasi Museum and National Museum of Iran. For more information on Iran’s natural history, Darabad Museum of Natural History and Pardisan Park are good options.


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