National Museum of Iran, Tehran

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Detailing layers and layers of Iran's rich history, National Museum of Iran displays an impressive collection of masterpieces collected from Persepolis, Shush, and other major archeological sites across the country. Admire a masterfully sculpted mastiff found in Persepolis, and contemplate a marble statue of Darius. With two major sections--one devoted to ancient Iran and the other to Islamic Iran--the institution boasts a superb collection of prehistoric and early history pieces with pottery, ceramics, stone figures, and carvings (all labeled in Farsi and English). Set in a large brick building designed by a French architect, the museum tells a coherent story about the continuity of civilization in modern-day Iran. Guides and audio tours are available. Use our Tehran driving holiday planner to arrange your visit to National Museum of Iran and other attractions in Tehran.
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  • You are at the right place you have to be if you are visiting Tehran for the first time.here you can find all the history and art happened in Iran since paleolithic period before history until the Isl...  more »
  • Iran is excavated from everywhere from b.c. ancient civilizations was in earthenware, stone, and had quite a lot of those images from Persepolis, in recent years. However, I feel that around not honest and not familiar with the geography of Iran about Iran from the last visit here to. The more near Islamic Museum.
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  • The museum is nice, though quite old fashioned in its presentation way. We asked at the ticket office if there were guided tours available in English and they said yes. Inside there were no guided tou...  more »
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  • Introducing Iran history from about 12000 years ago up to Islam age. First civilization in the world. Awesome.
  • It is a good museum. But anyway the collection there is very small for a country like Iran which has a glorious history. The most famous among the artifacts are the corpse of a mine worker found in Zanjan province, the sculpture of a Parthian man, the Elamite bull and various artifacts and inscriptions from Persepolis. The first store of the building represents the artifacts related to the Elamite kingdom, the Achaemenids, The Parthians and the Sassanians. The second store can be boring for someone like me who's not interested in Neanderthal people.
  • The lower floor is more interesting as it's more about Iran/Persia the upper floor is more about stone age etc. Which you can see in many museums. Funny was that the clerk who is selling the entrance tickets was away so the let us visit the miseum for free;)
  • Great collection for Persian, historic artifacts. For Islamic stuff, go next door, Islamic museum great.
  • Mediocre museum charging you more than 8USD, a fact all the more glaring when so few artifacts are on display for a nation famous for its ancient civilizations.

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The northern districts of Tehran possess a more suburban, cosmopolitan feel, and a more spacious form, with a number of accommodations geared towards international tourism. Luxury hotels with pools overlooking the parks sit alongside some more basic and humble offerings, usually located on the lesser side streets. The southern districts offer a livelier experience, where guesthouses, hostels, and simple hotels line the confusing bundle of winding streets. Of course, some areas of the south open up a little, and here you'll find a good number of standard and mid-range hotels with varying levels of amenities.
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