National Museum of Iran: Iran Bastan

Iran: Tehran
Iran Bastan Museum & Islamic Period Museum

Address: Tehran, 30th. Tir St; Imam Khomeini Ave.
Tel.: (+98-21) 670-2061 to 66
Fax: 670-2648
Type of Museum: Archeological and Historical
Type of Objects: Antiquities including pottery vessels, metal objects, books, coins, ...

The museum consists of two buildings. Bldg. No 1 has the entire pre-Islamic remaining works, Bldg. No.2 has post-Islamic works. This part was inaugurated at 1996 and consists of 3 floors. The first floor is the meeting and temporary exhibition hall. Works and objects of Islamic culture, Islam art in relation to objective and periodic method are collected in the second and third floors.

The objects selected for this large museum, are mostly selected out of excavation or from prominent collections.
In designing this museum, instruments related to architecture of historical buildings are presented, at the same time, to explain their actual position.

Qur'an museum
Central part of this large museum in a rectangular space appropriated to the treasury of  Qur'an belonging to the 10th to 14th century.
Manuscript books
At surrounding of Quran Museum, at an adequate distance, 20th hand written books such as scientific, literary and historical books are presented with a periodical and subjective classification.
Painting And Calligraphy
On the lateral walls of the central space, one may see the valuable works of miniature and calligraphy consisting, school of Shiraz, Isfahan, Harat, India and Mongol as eternal works of calligraphy stars namely Mir Emad, Mohammad Saleh, Mir Ali and Abdolmajid.
Astronomy Equipments
You may find various kind of astrolabe global and flat from 11th century until the end of Qajar era, the most ancient astrolabe belonging to 1170, made by Mohammad Ben Hamed Isfahani.
Glass works and Medical Instruments
One may consider the climax of the art of glass blowing during the primary centuries of Islam until Seljuk era.

Light equipments

Fastening tools and Lac, colored objects

Hall of Clay and Ceramic
 In this section one may see the evolution road of pottery art and its ups and downs from the first centuries of Islam until the end of Qajar.
Textile Hall
Various fabrics of Islamic era such as silk, brocade and hand-woven such as braid Knitting, quilted sewing. Together with carpets and prayer rugs of epigraphic, prayer-niches, shawl and medallion designed knitting, all works of 15 to 19 century AD.
Hall of metal
On the third floor of the museum, various works of Islamic era considering their historical evolution, with due stress on architectural ornamentation are presented. You will find coins of different periods, mentioning names of caliphs and location of minting as most important historic documents.
Pavilion of book selling
 This hall is also located on the upper floor of museum where you may find miscellaneous books about pottery, architecture and craft for sale. One may purchase poster, designs and brochures in this pavilion.


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