Reza Abbasi Museum

Reza Abbasi Museum

Tourists and travelers, who intend to travel to the capital, must visit the Reza Abbasi Museum in Tehran. This will complete their tourist and leisure travel. The existence of beautiful and valuable historical monuments from different periods has made the Reza Abbasi Museum one of the tourist sites of Iran.

History of Reza Abbasi Museum, Tehran

The Reza Abbasi Museum building in Tehran in fact belonged to a home decoration and furniture exhibition. This current cultural and tourist place was considered by some officials due to its architecture, design and many features. Due to this, this place was bought from its owner and changed its use as Reza Abbasi Museum.

The works of this museum were bought from antique auctions and brought to Iran. This museum was opened in 1977. But about a year later, the museum was closed. After redevelopment and expansion of the interior of the building in 1979, it was reopened for public viewing.

Interior design of Reza Abbasi Museum in Tehran

The interior design and architecture of the Reza Abbasi Museum in Tehran is very attractive and professional. Entering the building attracts the attention of every spectator. Reza Abbasi Museum has three floors. In each floor, you can see very attractive and spectacular works from different periods of Iranian history.

The different sections of the Reza Abbasi Museum in Tehran are calligraphy halls, painting halls, halls of Islamic works, and halls of pre-Islamic works, each of that has its own unique decoration and interior design. For this reason, visitors usually start their visit from the third floor and go to the lower floors.

Currently, as one of the best museums in our country, it is popular in the capital with many travelers and tourists. In addition to the interior design and decoration of the Reza Abbasi Museum. It can be said that the exterior architecture of this building is very attractive compared to other museums in Tehran and is very stylish and modern.

Different sections of Reza Abbasi Museum

Pre-Islamic Hall

When we enter to this hall, you will encounter objects and the history of Iranian civilization. Objects and equipment kept in this section. It belongs to the pre-Islamic and prehistoric times. In this part of the museum, works can be seen, that are a symbol of several thousand years of Iranian civilization. Beautiful Rhytons which belong to the Sassanid, Parthian and Achaemenid eras are kept in this area. The most attractive part of this hall is Takuk Zarrin. This beautiful work is apart from being historical. It is a beautiful work of art which belongs to the Median era.

Islamic Period Hall

For several centuries after the Islamic era, Iran was involved in problems and wars. After this period, Iranian artists, due to the new religion, could not be stoned. In this case, they turn to the ground. In Islamic museums, the main part is pottery. The type of pottery is very beautiful and unique. Most of the objects kept in this section belong to the Seljuk, Timurid and Safavid eras. In this hall, very beautiful and artistic pottery, fabrics and jewelry are kept. This section is summarized in simple glazed pottery. Azure pottery and enamelware are in this section.

Painting Hall

In this section where the oldest sheet of Shahnameh is kept. This section contains many beautiful paintings and drawings, that belong to the Islamic era.

Calligraphy Hall

Calligraphy is another art that reached its peak during the Islamic era. In this part of the Museum of Calligraphy, famous Iranian artists are kept.

 Important works of Reza Abbasi Museum


Clothes and utensils which are horn-shaped and conical are called Raytheons. The origin of this name is Greek and in Persian these dishes are called Takuk.

This is a Rayton with a ram’s head found from Qaflanto (near Zivoye). There are many uses of animal symbols to make various tools in Iran. These animal-like utensils had a ritual aspect to the people of their time. These dishes have been discovered in various forms. The oldest Rayton were discovered in the Susa region, dating back to 3,000 years ago.


These strange and beautiful objects were made in the past by potters for breastfeeding. Tubular jars or lions were scientifically and accurately identified in the excavations of Qeytariyeh hill and cemetery.

Enamel pottery

During the Seljuk period, the art of pottery took on a beautiful form. Influenced by artists and the art of al-Buwayh, this art became an extraordinary technique. This technique, that was as attractive as a linear miniature, was called enameling, seven-color glaze, or painting on glaze. In this technique, colors such as blue, green, white, turquoise, red and yellow are used.

Beautiful enamel dishes were made and evolved in two different periods:

The first period took place in the 6th century AH. During this period, simpler designs such as geometric designs and flowers and plants were drawn on the dishes.

The second period of making these dishes dates back to the time of Khorezm Shahi and the patriarchal era. During this period, the plans made significant progress. These motifs changed from simple to more complex forms, such as humans, animals, and hunting grounds.

Achaemenid horned golden cup

Iran, with its vastness and God-given resources, has long benefited from a variety of metals and precious stones. The rulers who ruled this land. One of the symbols of power has been the use of gold and silver vessels. A form that is still seen in the modern era. One of the beautiful and special works that is related to the Achaemenid period, is the Golden Cup, it is very beautiful and made in three dimensions.

Celaden Pottery

This type of pottery belongs to China in terms of origins. Such pottery reached Iran for the first time through the port of Siraf. During the Safavid period, such pottery was made as a new species in pottery workshops. This utensil and industry, like other arts that came to Iran, took on an Iranian color and smell over time. This caused them to be divided into two categories:

The first group, that was made under the influence of Chinese celaden dishes. These dishes were made like their porcelain type.

The second group was pottery which was mixed with Safavid art and became completely Iranian.

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