Tehran's weekend: National Museum of Iran
Tehran (IP) - The National Museum of Iran is located in Tehran, Iran. It is an institution formed of two complexes; the Museum of Ancient Iran and the Museum of Islamic Archaeology and Art of Iran, which were opened in 1937 and 1972, respectively.
Iran Press/ Iran news: The institution hosts historical monuments dating back through preserved ancient and medieval Iranian antiquities, including pottery vessels, metal objects, textile remains, and some rare books and coins. It also includes a number of research departments, categorized by different historical periods and archaeological topics.
The brick building of the Museum of Ancient Iran was designed in the early 20th century and was influenced by Sassanid vaults, particularly the Taq Kasra at Ctesiphon. Its construction, with an area of about 11,000 square meters (13,000 sq yd), began in 1935 and was completed within two years by Abbas Ali Memar and Morad Tabrizi. It was then officially inaugurated in 1937.