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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 vacation builder to add National Museum of Iran and other attractions to your Tehran vacation plans.
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  • Built in 1937 by the french architect André Godard, it is the first museum established in Iran.Il houses masterpieces of Persian art, distributed in two buildings: the first reserved for civilizations preislamiques, the second to the art of the Islamic period. In clear, perfectly appointed rooms, the collections are presented in chronological order from prehistory to the Sassanid dynasty. The eblouisssement is total in front of a low relief of the King Darius Ier, a trilingual inscription of Darius Ier, a fresco of glazed bricks and other wonders from Persepolis, Susa and other sites. If this visit is made at the end of travel, you live a moment of intense emotion as your journey unfolds again before your eyes. That's wonderful. Try to visit Tehran at the end of trip.
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  • The museum has 2 parts both of which are worth visiting. The Archeological Museum has collections dating back to the Paleolithic era. There are also a number of fascinating artefacts from Persepolis &...  more »
  • A quick visit. The path is made pleasant by the fact that it is completely conditioned while out there were more than 30°! Large collection of artefacts from 4000/6000 years BC! Nice the last room with stucco and large stucco.
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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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