US Den of Espionage
US Den of Espionage
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9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Sunny
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
I think it is an interesting place, it is good to hear the perspective of both side, it helps to understand better. The guide was nice and helpful, he did not avoid the difficult questions. He spoke openly about the hard topics too. In my opinion that made it worth visiting.
The ticket is 300.000 rial.
Written February 19, 2020
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Katiekrackers
87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Friends
Maybe I'm bragging and maybe we got lucky, because yes it is technically closed, but if you have an Iranian do the talking for you, promise (or lie) that you are not American (no proof needed) and a few dollars later we were INSIDE. They even gave us a full guided tour and our Iranian friend did the interpreting. It was UNBELIEVABLE! But, it's not for everyone, as this is where you will find the most anti-American ideals. If you can't listen to that, and definitely if you can't keep you disagreement to yourself, then this is not the place for you. Just go in and listen, don't discuss.
Once Inside:
The walls in the stairwell have been covered in a graffart mural depicting Hollywood as being run by the Jews and propagandizing their agenda, the USA being evil war mongers, the usual conspiracy of the twin towers being an inside job and much more.
One wall has a safe lock, which is the entry to the secret embassy rooms. You are greeted with a horrendous poster they have since put up that has a very evil statue of liberty. Apart from their "decoration" this place has been virtually untouched since they vacated, I think even the dust is still from then! Make no mistake, this WAS a spy den as well as an embassy. There was now antiquated technology that was way ahead of it's time tracking bugged calls, there was a whole room for forging documents and passports (the old machines they did it with are fabulous) and another for destroying evidence, their was a sound and signal proof interrogation room, the double rooms used for secret messages between spies that required the user to get in only by standing on the step for weight measurement, that had to match a number code they put in, that also had to put in to match an eye scan. All this came with dialogue about their side of events, which we in the west never get to hear.
Yes, it's not for everyone but it certainly is interesting. I took loads pics, but am thinking it wise not to share.
Written June 12, 2015
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Westcoast8
Zeven, Germany306 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2011 • Couples
The former US embassy - or US Den of Espionage as the Iranian government calls the building - is a must see in Tehran. You may remember the 1979 hostage taking when a group of Islamic students stormed the embassy and held diplomatic staff hostage for 444 days. Today the building is occupied by the Revolutionary Guard and the small museum is only open for a few days once a year. Nevertheless, the embassy is worth a visit as the walls surrounding the compound has been decorated with anti-American and anti-Israelian murals..
It is situated right next to Taleghani metro station. Please be careful when taking photos of the murals. The guards don't mind most of the time, but tourists have been know to be questioned by them.
Written October 31, 2011
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Gracie G
Cairo, Egypt199 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Couples
When driving through Tehran you'll see alot of posters of soldiers who died in the Iran-Iraq war and sometimes you'll see anti-U.S. banners too. The best place to see them is here at the U.S. Den of Espionage.

There seems to be some confusion over whether you are allowed to take photos of not. Well I knew the museum was closed but I just walked onto the grounds and asked the guards that even though the museum was closed could I walk around the garden and take photos. I didn't know how they would react to me being so bold but infact they were very friendly and said even though the museum was closed I was more than welcome to take photos outside the compound. I would advise you the day you are here to ask the guard if you can take photos or not. While inside the compound I managed to spot a skeletal statue of the Statue of Liberty at the door of the old Embassy.

When you are outside the gate keep a lookout for the wreckage of a helicopter that crashed in a failed 1980 hostage rescue attempt.
Written October 30, 2013
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Rezagh
Tehran44 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
It's a place that reminds a shameful period of our early history, I can't understand how a nation can occupy a foreign embassy?!!!
Written December 24, 2011
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BlakeP76
313 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Couples
The inside of the old embassy is now accessible to visitors and offers a fascinating insight into a major low point in recent Iranian-Western relations. They have set it up well as a museum with knowledgeable English speaking guides (Reza is outstanding if he is working) and a bunch of anti-US propaganda posters out front. Some parts inside are untouched, absolutely ooze history and you can take photos to your heart's content. We spent about 3 hours inside. Cost = 10,000 toman - good value.
Written January 29, 2017
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Ali V
Iran59 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Family
Well, Some gang broke a handful of international protocols and broke into the premises which is globally respected as part of another country, climbed the walls, stole things, took people as hostage only to prove that they are on the right side of history. They are still struggling to prove themselves right, and their excuses goes less believable every day.
I believe this place remains as a big wall of shame for our people, until someday it can be cleaned out.
Written July 24, 2016
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Christian M
Copenhagen, Denmark5,171 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Friends
If you are nearby you should see the famous anti-American graffiti - but it's not worth a longer detour.
Most important is to think about who dislikes USA the most - the people or the regime... The Iranian people are the friendliest and most helpful I've ever met, every ten you meet on the street say "Welcome" - and first afterwards asks if you are English or American.
So, in fact, the graffiti is not the only truth regarding the US-Iranian relationship.
Written July 21, 2016
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JULIAN155019
Toronto, Canada25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017
As a Canadian I got into a debate with the tour guide of the American embassy, Mohammed Reza Shoghi when he asked us what we thought of the Iranian demonstrators storming the U.S., embassy on November 4, 1979 and holding 52 American diplomats and employees hostage for 444 days. I gave him my honest opinion of what I thought of THAT ! Also, some of the things you see in the photos are gone now. What was very interesting and NOT shown here was the destroyed U.S. helicopter from the failed April 25, 1980 rescue mission. The smashed U.S. helicopter is located on the front lawn of the embassy. I hope to post my debate and tour of the American embassy on the Internet soon.
Written February 4, 2018
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xerxesIran
Tehran44 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
There you can find a very ordinary building with lots of militia agents (Basiji) in it. They tell you that it was a spying center (Den of Espionnage as they call it) and offer some books as a proof to what they are saying.
Written March 13, 2012
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