The Moghadam Museum, the incredible house at the heart of Tehran
The Moghadam Museum is one of the most incredible houses in the world due to its architecture, history, and items which are stored and exhibited at the house. With the traditional Iranian architecture, there is a small garden, several turquoise ponds, and lots of trees in the yard
History of Moghadam Museum
The house was originally built during Qajar dynasty, around 200 years ago. The owner was Ehtesab-
However, the house became popular in the 50s and 60s when Professor Pope, the American art historian wrote an article about this house with the title: Survey of Iranian Arts, which was published in Sepid-o-Siah magazine.
The architecture of Moghadam Museum
The house used to be one of the luxurious houses during the Qajar Dynasty and has the two normally found sections in the Old Iranian houses called
In the west part of the mansion, the main section (tower) is located, which had been mastered by professor Moghaddam and one of his students at the Faculty of Fine Arts, doctor Abolqasemi, in 1966. The building is decorated with tiles from the Qajar era and parts of Iranian arts and crafts
The decoration of the house is typical for that period style: colorful tiles, columns, and arches create a unique authentic atmosphere.
There are exclusive valuable golden tiles, installed in walls to be protected and preserved. These tiles are absolutely unique in the world.
Next, to the entrance, there is a small room, in which all door and walls decorated with valuable and semi-valuable gems and beautiful corals.
In the northern part of the building a porch with beautiful arches and columns decorated with tiles which were made during Zand and Qajar Dynasties. In the middle of the porch, there is a pond from marble.
Exposition of Moghadam Museum
In his journals, Dr. Moqadam has mentioned how he founded these historical items and bought them either from vendors or house-owners intending to destroy their historical houses with whatever inside them. Some of the items were given to him as a gift by foreign ambassadors or guests, like those which are speculated to be from Jerusalem.
Moqadam’s textile collection is also among rare textile collections of the world. They are now kept frozen in the complex and only one is publicly displayed in a glass frame.
Address and Opening hours:
The museum is located in the heart of Tehran, within walking distance from Hassan Abad metro station and Alborz BRT bus stop.
Address: Imam Khomeini Street, between Sheikh Hadi and Vali-asr Street
Opening Hours: From 9 A.M to 4 P.M (closed on Fridays and national holidays)
Telephone Number: +98-21-66480081
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