Category: Tehran

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Abgineh Museum (Glassware & Ceramic Museum)

The beautiful building of the Museum of Glassware & Ceramic is the mansion housing glass wares and ceramics that was originally ordered to be built as the personal residence of a politician named Ahmad Qavam in early 1920s. The building was occupied by him as residence and office till 1953 w hen it was sold to the Egyptian embassy. Eventually, in 1976, it was converted into a museum following some…

Moghadam House

This house once belonged to Mohsen Moghadam, the youngest son of Ehtesab-ol-Molk, Tehran’s mayor during Naser-ol-din Shah’s rule. It came to be known in the 1950s and 60s when Professor Arthur Upham Pope, the American art historian, wrote an article entitled “Survey of Iranian Arts” in Sepid-o-Siah magazine about this unique house and its valuable historical objects. Moghadam studied painting at Kamal-ol-Molk’s school. He was one of the first Iranian…

Jewelry Museum

This is one of the museums that really lives up to the hype. Inside, one will find some of the most exquisite and expensive jewels mostly from the Safavid, Qajar and Pahlavi dynasties. This collection is so grand that much of it was transferred to the Central Bank of Iran in the 1930s as a reserve for the country’s currency. Some of the most interesting exhibits include Fath Ali Shah’s…

National Museum Of Iran

The National Museum of Iran is the country’s prime archaeological and historical museum. Designed and later curated by French archaeologist and architect André Godard, the museum houses a wide collection of artifacts from Iran’s past as far back as at least the 4th millennium BCE. Highlights include a wide collection of statues, pottery, stone carvings and countless archaeological treasures from the ancient Persian heartland and fabled cities of Persepolis, Pasargadae,…

Niavaran palace

The Niavaran Complex is a historical complex situated in Shemiran area. It consists of several buildings and monuments built in Qajar and Pahlavi eras, where the last Shah and his family spent most of their time, especially during the last 10 years before their exile from Iran. It's smaller than Sa'dabad and Golestan palace. The palace of Sahebqaranieh where Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi lived and worked in has more or…