National Museum of Iran in Tehran



It had been a while since we’d visited a museum. I was beginning to itch because of it.  So to enterain ourselves during our first full day in Tehran we decided to checkout the National Museum of Iran.

It’s the perfect size for a visitor to look at the entire collection in 2-hours, meaning you’re satisfied and content when you leave rather than overwhelmed and tired.

You’ll never believe how much it cost to visit the museum! It was .50 cents per adult! So Chris and I spent $1.00. Unbelievable.

The museum very professionally displays its collection of bone tools, Palaeolithic lithics (stone tools), metal and clay carvings from animals to humans and grand artifacts from the famous site of Persepolis, which we’ll be visiting at the end of our trip.  I’m simply in love with the Persepolis carvings. I love the way they carved the beards, hair and turbans. I couldn’t tell you why. I just really like it.

One shocking thing on display is this man's preserved skull. He died in a salt mine 1700's years ago. Scientists have concluded he was around 37-years old when he died. There is extensive damage to his skull and eye socket, estimated to have occurred before death.
A little bronze figure about 4-5 inches in height. I really liked this guy.
One of the bull heads at the top of a very classic Persian Persepolis capital. (Sorry the photo is out of focus.)
Persian lancers and archers on the outer side of a staircase that use to be located in a Persepolis palace.
A human-headed capital from Persepolis.
A relief that used to be located in the Treasury Palace of Persepolis. It's from the 5th Century B. C.
An animal figure made out of clay. So cute.
Giant clay pots, fantastically coloured and designed from the 5th millennium!
A fantastic example of Persian artistry.


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