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“national museum,a mirror of the country's past” 5 of 5 stars
Review of National Museum of Iran

National Museum of Iran
Emam Khomeini Ave. | Si-e-Tir corner, Tehran, Iran
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Ranked #10 of 40 Attractions in Tehran
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: This museum proudly celebrates the rich heritage of Iran with a spectacular collection of sculptures, ceramics and seals that date back to the 4th and 5th centuries BC.
Tehran, Iran
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“national museum,a mirror of the country's past”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

natinal museum or old persia museum of tehran is as the peak of a nation's museums as it holds many old national objects of a country as it's past culture informer.anyhow,after visiting the glass and ceramic museum(1bout 10 min far of national museum walking) , i went to national museum with my heart beating to see whatever i wished to see before. at yhe entrance you should deliver your bag and additional objects,but camera or mobiles are allowed. unfortunately there was any informing papers at the entrance because for some architectural repairs,the publishing part for informing papers was closed.there were many many things there like those brilliantly creative clay or glass handmade objects of 500-600 years ago,to paleolithic found teeth of a human being at that time.also,many things from the great achaeomanid dynasty,some decorated coffins from many years before entrance of islam in iran,many stony handmade jewelrys of milleniums b.c, and the salt man!!!! the salt man was unbelievably great!!! salt man is the remainings of the body of a man in about 1700 years ago found in zanjan province in north west of iran,one of which is hold here in national museum and some( 4-5) more complete ones found there are holding in museum in zanjan as well. you can see the head of salt man with earings and parts of cloth,his leg in leather boot,his nut,and some other things.as archaeologists have found , from his belongings,he was a man of royalty about 1700 years befroe who had fallen in a salt mine in zanjan suddenly and so buried there,so for the preserving character of salt,some parts of his body has remained in a good position.it was breathtaking , as i wished to be buried in salt mine to be preserved:) !!! anyhow,the museum has many many great things to see and be shocked from the artistry and creativity of people at those days.
1-i suggest for tourists to have a leader or a book at least ro give some info to them.
2- photography is allowed only WITHOUT any flash/talking with phone is NOT allowed IN the museum.
3- if like payinf attention to details,it can even take you 3 hours or a little more to see,as it was for me!!!
4- a shop for buying cd or books is available at the far end of museum's yard.

Visited December 2013
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“Compact, but intriguing collection bronze, clay and persepolis.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

The entrance of the museum was 150.000 rials during my visit in Dec 2013.
Even though only the ground floor is open, and the layout of the space seems a bit cluttered at first, I was not familiar with this level of creativity/detail of clay and bronze work in 1/2nd mil bc.
My favourite items were:
—Amazing clay toys with moving wheels from 1st mil bc.
—A vase with what looks like the first animation of a horse jumping up to eat from a tree.
—The audience hall scene: a mural of possibly xerxes.
—A magnificent dog statue from Persepolis.
After exiting the museum be sure to go left to see some really nice architecture, the Islamic art museum is there, (which is closed nov/dec 2013) and in the distance you can see the snowy mountains. I also met a number of students who were very welcoming and curious as to where I was from, we ended up going for coffee.

Visited December 2013
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“Worth seeing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

It's a good museum to start a tour in Iran. It does provide for a reasonable understanding of history and the diversity of the country, and there are some spectacular old art pieces.

Visited September 2013
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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“An interesting museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

The national museum has 2 blocks the archaelogical museum and the Islamic Museum which was closed during my visit.
The achaeological museum is divided into three sections
1. Lower and Upper Paleolithic Periods
There are displays of objects from the Lower and Upper Paleolithic Periods. There are excellent potteries from 7th – 4th Millennium BC. The influence of the Halaf period of Mesopotamia is noticeable with designs in two colours. There are collection of stone tools, bone artifacts and collection of clay seals, tablets and ornaments. There was a fluted glass from Choqa Zanbil Area dated around 2nd Mill BC and pottery from Sialk Hill, Kashan from 1st Mill BC
2.Persepolis Section
There is an excellent section on Persepolis. On display is an excellent pillar with Bull headed capitals. There is a section of the great staircase with the nobles bringing tributes to the Persian King. On display is a façade depicting Darius I seated on throne with the nobles in front and Xerxes and the generals behind the king. Darius and Xerxes are holding the Lotus flower sign of Royalty and everlasting life. . On display also is an excellently preserved stone lamassu – a bull with the head of a bearded man.
3.Post Achaemenian Period
In this section an impressive statue of a Parthian soldier is on display. On display also the “Salt Man” from Zanjan, thought to be a miner in the 3rd -4th Century AD, whose white bearded head, boots and tools were preserved by the salt in which he was buried.

Visited August 2013
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“Solid collection,but most of the museum closed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Regretfully, I must report that I found my visit to the museum underwhelming,esp. after having seen Persepolis and Pasargadae. Most of the museum is closed to visitors and only the ground floor is open (does not reduce the ticket price, which currently stands at around $ 5 US). You will be able to see a majestic staircase from Persepolis (I must say that it looks better than its cousins at the original location, constantly covered in dust), as well as a few beautiful coloured reliefs from Kouzistan that are really impressive. There are other artifacts, but not much I have not already seen elsewhere. With such a rich and impressive historical legacy of Iran, I really hoped to be vowed by their National museum.

Visited September 2013
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