Many visitors skip Tehran and head immediately to enjoy the ancient city of Yazd or a stroll around the Naqsh-e Jahan Square in Esfahan, but the capital of Iran is home to a plethora of attractions. Coined “the city of museums”, here are the best of Tehran’s sprawling list.
The National Jewellery Treasury
The National Jewellery Treasury is a museum like no other. Tucked under the Central Bank of Iran, the museum displays an exceptional array of priceless jewels, crowns and impressive gems, all worn by the Safavid, Pahlavi and Qajar monarchs and dynasties. Look out for the dazzling gem-studded Peacock Throne. Just keep your hands in your pocket at all times, as touching any part of the glass in the museum rings the piercing alarms.
The UNESCO-listed museum is one of the top sights in the whole of Iran. The Golestan Palace was the Qajar dynasty’s seat of government. It’s a huge complex filled with many buildings of which the royals buildings need a separate ticket to enter. The Marble Throne is a must-see.
Iranian Artists’ Forum
To discover Iran’s contemporary art scene, head to the Iranian Artists’ Forum. It’s a great hangout spot. Inside you’ll find a range of work by local artists which change every month. There is a café and vegetarian restaurant on-site so it’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon.
Carpet Museum of Iran
Found next to Laleh Park, the Carpet Museum of Iran is a highlight to any visit in the capital. Marvel at glorious Persian carpets (what else?) from the 16th century to the present day. There is a giant library to have a look at too, which is home to roughly 7,000 books.
National Museum of Iran
The National Museum of Iran is made up of the Museum of Ancient Iran and the Museum of Islamic Archaeology and Art of Iran. Head inside to find artefacts dating from the ancient and the medieval times such as textile remains, pottery items and coins. Don’t miss the 9,000 year-old animal and human figurines. Temporary exhibitions are also held here which change two or three times a year.