National Library and Museum
30th Tir St., Imam Ave., Tehran
Fax: (0098-21) 671-7364
Opening hours: 8.30-13.30
Type of Museum: Artistic
Type of objects: Precious coins, paintings, rugs, …
Malek National Library and Museum is one of the most important cultural
institutions. This collection was set up and inaugurated in 1997. The
building has 10,000 Sq. m area and comprises galleries dedicated to the
exhibition of stamps, carpets, coins and paintings, as well as an
administrative section, a library and reading halls. It contains two main parts:
a) Presently, there are 36000 volumes of printed
books 18,000 excellent manuscripts, lithography and typography; some of them are the oldest ones.
b) The other part of the Collection, is Museum, consists of
1-Coin's Hall: Coins from pre-Islamic (Achaemenian and Sassanian) to Islamic period (Abbasids, Samanian,
Qajar,...); also there are the coins of Imam Reza's nomination.
2- Stamp's Hall: In this hall, there are
different kinds of valuable stamps from different countries.
3- Carpet's Hall: Precious carpets of well
known carpet weavers, Amoqli, Saber, Haj Abdol,...
4- Art's Gallery: In this Gallery there are
objects and portraits of scientists and politicians, Black Veil of "Cabba" in Filigree
Work and Miniatures of Iranian and Indian painters.
The most outstanding among its collections are:
A stamp collection unique in the Middle East; 13 paintings by
Kamalol-molk; a collection of oil paintings by Benetti, Lorrin and Halaf;
a superb collection of pen-cases; a coin minted when Imam Reza was heir
to the throne; miniature paintings and calligraphic pages.