National Museum of Iran - Iran Tourist Attractions
The National Museum of Iran, also known as the Museum of Ancient Iran, is the oldest, most important, and one of the richest museums in Iran. It is divided into two main sections: Ancient Iran and the Islamic Era. The Ancient Iran section displays historical artifacts from the Paleolithic era up to the Sassanian period, while the Islamic section showcases works from the post-Islamic period.
The construction of the Museum of Ancient Iran began in 1933 and took four years, completed in stages. Designed by André Godard, the museum’s location is oriented north-south, situated near Si-e Tir Street. Notably, its structure is decorated with red bricks and resembles a horizontal rectangular cube, comprising three interconnected yet distinct sections. The museum’s design and plan are inspired by the Sassanian Palace of Ctesiphon, reflecting ancient architectural influence.