Top 10 museums to visit in Iran

Are you a fan of history and museums? If so, you do not want to miss these incredible museums in Iran. Iran is the cradle of world history and culture, a country rich in history and art. This fact has led to the creation of many museums in this country. Museums are one of the places to get more informed about the precious heritage of a country. Therefore, on The International Museum Day 2021, which celebrates the day with the theme “The Future of Museums: Recover and Reimagine”, let’s learn more about Iran’s museums.

1. The National Museum of Iran

By looking at the entrance of this museum, you will already know what’s waiting for you inside. The National Museum of Iran is considered the most important museum in the country for the displays of the great history of Iran. This museum is very significant both in terms of antiquity and the objects kept inside it. The National Museum consists of two main sections; the Museum of Ancient Iran and the Museum of Archeology of Islamic Art. It is interesting to know that in the Museum of Ancient Iran, items date back to the Paleolithic period, and some other objects even date back to one million years ago. Many historical treasures of Islamic art from the post-Islamic monarchy in Iran are on display in this museum that you can observe and enjoy. The museum also has several shops with some incredible artifacts that you can buy as gifts or souvenirs to keep the memory of Iran alive.


The National Museum of Iran is considered the most important museum in the country for the displays of the great history of Iran.

Address: Imam Khomeini Ave. Si-e-Tir corner, Tehran
Visiting hours: 9 am – 5 pm

2. Golestan Palace

By stepping inside Golestan Palace, you go back in time, and you would easily spend hours walking between rooms full of antiquities, art, and history. Golestan Palace is one of the royal masterpieces of Iran, which is also recorded as a world heritage site by UNESCO. You might even want to spend days seeing the whole palace. Not only the mansion itself is stunning, with its unique tile works and mirror works in its architecture, but also it is full of masterpieces of Kamal-al-Molk’s paintings and photo galleries. Besides, there are very cozy tea houses and restaurants alongside the beautiful garden that you can rest in and take in the beauty of your surroundings. There are also a couple of carriages ran by a horse that can make your day even more memorable.

Golestan Palac, Iran

Golestan Palace is one of the royal masterpieces of Iran.

Address: 15Khordad Avenue Arg Square, Tehran
Visiting hours: 9:30 am – 6:30 pm

3. Saadabad Palace

It is impossible to talk about the Golestan Palace and not mention the name of Saadabad Museum as one of the best museums in Iran. Saadabad Palace was the summer residence of the Qajar kings. The most famous palaces are the Sefid (White) Palace and Green Palace, which used to be residential of Reza Shah Pahlavi. Saadabad Palace has 18 independent mansions that you can visit and observe each of the treasures of history and art exhibited to the public. There are delightful insights into the domestic life of the royal family, their living room seems to be left yesterday, and the children’s rooms are charming and personal. Each palace you visit, it’s just like you’re living a day inside the royal memories of Iran.
Address: Shahid Fallahi (Zaferanieh), Tehran
Visiting hours: 9 am – 7 pm

4. Jewelry Museum

Live in memories of a king in a Jewelry museum. Jewelry is one of those things that attracts everyone. The combination of art, craft, and nature is an attractive combination that few can resist. Iranians take a lot of interest in jewelry and can also make many magnificent jewels. The royal family also piqued interest in jewelry. Therefore, rich and beautiful pieces of jewelry have been given to the Central Bank after the revolution. These treasures, which are called national jewels, are on display for limited hours of the day. It is interesting to know that today, none of the experts and researchers have been able to estimate the actual value of the central bank’s treasury jewelry. The most famous piece of this fascinating treasure is the pink diamond of Darya-ye Noor, which is one of the largest cut diamonds in the world. There are lots of cafes nearby as well, that can make the afternoon more pleasurable after a long journey in history, with a cup of coffee.

Iranian museums: Jewelry Museum in Tehran

crown of one of the previous Iranian kings.

Address: Imam Khomeini Square, Ferdowsi St., Central Bank, Tehran
Visiting days: 2 pm – 5 pm

5. Museum of Astan Quds Razavi

The Museum of Astan Quds Razavi, located in Mashhad City and near Imam Reza Shrine, is another marvelous museum in Iran. The objects kept in this museum have a unique place in Iranian culture, both in terms of material and spiritual value. The Astan Quds museum was established in 1324. Many of the museum objects are gifts donated by the owners and collectors to the Razavi shrine complex. Fascinating collections in the museums of Astan Quds include treasures of coins and banknotes, treasures of Aquatics, weapons, the museum of clocks and astronomy, and finally, medals. This museum also has a large section called the Carpet Museum, in which you can see the world-famous Persian carpets. Part of the museum is also dedicated to the works donated by Professor Farshchian, which are absolutely worth visiting.
Address: Imam Reza Shrine, Kosar courtyard, Mashhad
Visiting hours: 8 am – 8:45 pm

6. Yazd Water Museum

Today, thanks to easy access to drinking water, we rarely think about the difficulty of providing water in the past. Although, a visit to the Yazd Water Museum can completely change that perspective. Yazd is a desert city where the water supply in this area has been challenging and very important. There is everything you need to know about the old water management system of Iran in this museum. It is a surprise how well the water system is still functioning today. By the first step taken to the museum, visitors can find out the history of water in this historical city for several thousand years. What sets this museum apart from other museums is the passage of hundreds of years of a canal through it; A waterway that once provided the water people needed. This museum is an excellent place to get to know the historical monuments and buildings related to water.

Iran museums: water museum-Yazd

Water museum is an excellent place to get to know the historical monuments and buildings related to water.

Address: Imam street, north of Amir Chakhmaq square, Ghiam street, Yazd
Visiting hours: 8 am – 2:30 pm_ 3:30 pm – 7 pm

7. Museum of Contemporary Art

If you’re fascinated by art pieces and galleries, you need to visit the Museum of Contemporary Art of Iran. The museum is unique in its design, and it has an impressive collection of paintings that will take at least an hour to see all. The Museum of Contemporary Art of Iran is one of the top collections in the world. Works by many world-renowned artists, including Picasso, Gauguin, and Renoir, can be found at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Of course, this museum also exhibits a collection of well-known Iranian artists that can satisfy your artistic side of soul with these aesthetics. You can enjoy your time at a pleasant cafe nearby the museum alongside Laleh Park as well.
Address: Northside of Laleh Park, Kargar Street, Tehran
Visiting hours: 10 am – 6 pm

8. Pars Museum

The Pars Museum or Shiraz Mansion is located in the Nazar Garden of Shiraz and exhibits pre-Islamic and post-Islamic objects. This museum is known as the oldest museum in Fars province that holds valuable items from many different historical periods. This historical monument is registered as one of the national monuments of Iran itself. It is interesting to know that Karim Khan Zand’s tomb, the founder of the Zand dynasty, is located in this place. Karim Khan Zand built a beautiful mansion in the center of Nazar Garden, which used to be a place to receive guests, foreign ambassadors, besides holding various ceremonies and festivals. Visiting this small museum gives you an idea about the Persian arts. By the end of the day, you will be amazed by the impressive architecture and the beautiful old paintings and objects inside the Pars Museum of Shiraz.
Address: Zand St., Bagh-e Nazar, near Karim Khan Citadel, Shiraz
Visiting hours: 8 am – 8 pm

9. Isfahan Music Museum

Listen to the ancient music of Iran in Isfahan Music Museum; A museum that showcases all sorts of traditional musical instruments in Iran. A great way to understand a city’s local culture, it’s through its local music. Therefore, here is the best choice if you want to increase your knowledge about Persian instruments. In this unique Persian museum, more than 300 musical instruments have been exhibited. You can learn their use and sound through the available notes and screens. There is an excellent selection of instruments from all around the world, and some fascinating pieces you may have never seen before. If you enjoy music and listening to live music excites you, visiting this valuable collection will definitely make your day. So, remember to add the Isfahan Music Museum to the list of sights of this beautiful city.
Address: No. 74, Mehrdad Street, Tohid St., Isfahan.
Visiting hours: 9 am – 9 pm

10. Museum of Defa’eMoghadas

Museums are not always what we think they are. Sometimes museums tell a story to their visitors that have been shared for generations. One of these museums is the Museum of Islamic Revolution and Defa’eMoghadas. You cannot stop being moved by the history and events presented in this museum. The Museum of Defa’eMoghadas displays every famous and valuable element in the eight-year war between Iran and Iraq. This museum consists of different sections. Except for the butterfly hall, the rest of the parts are mostly narrative. One of the impressive parts of the Museum of Defa’eMoghadas is the reconstruction parts of Khorramshahr, including the Grand Mosque. Simply walking through the hallways of this museum will help you experience what it feels like to live in a war zone.
Address: Sarv St. Haqqani exp., Vanak square, Tehran
Visiting hours: 9:30 am – 9 pm

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