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National Museum of Iran
Ranked #8 of 145 things to do in Tehran
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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.
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“Worth seeing”
4 of 5 bubbles 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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“An interesting museum”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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“Persian Empire...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013

The current building was built in 1937 and although it's a beautiful building but it seems too small now, you'll see unique artifacts in there and it gives a great overview of Persian empire and then after Islam period but unfortunately due to having limitations in space and security measures, there are huge amount of objects stored in the treasury and not available to visitors. Tehran needs a new, modern building for this museum.

Visited May 2013
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“Iranian history at its best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

There is an impressive collection of antiques from the very beginning of the Persian history. Our guide was very precise to explain all the items that are showcased in this museum. All thanks to Mr. Rouin our guide now we know Persian history better.

Visited July 2013
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