This modest museum is no Louvre, but it is chock-full of Iran’s rich history, Iran National museum is located in Tehran, and it includes of two complexes, Museum of Ancient Iran (1937 BC) and Museum of Islamic Art and Archaeology of Iran (1972 BC).

You can observe the historical monuments which dating back to ancient and Iranian antiquities, such as metal objects, Ceramics, textile, some rare books, pottery vessels and coins.

A number of research departments are in the museum, including Paleolithic, Coins and seals, Prehistory, History, stone figures and carvings mostly taken from excavations at Persepolis, Osteology, Shush, Rey and Turang Tappeh, Pottery departments.

There is a brick building, belongs to Ancient Iran museum, which is designed by French architect Andre Godard about the 20th century and blending Sassanian principles such as the grand iwan-style entrance with art deco–style brickwork. After that the Museum of Islamic Art and Archaeology of Iran was built on the grassy grounds of the Museum of Ancient Iran.

Inside of This museum, there’s a stone capital of a winged lion from Shush, colorful glazed bricks and some delightful pitchers and vessels in animal shapes decorated with double-winged mythical creatures. There is a copy of the diorite stele detailing the Babylonian Code, found at Shush in 1901, which is also displayed – the original being in Paris.

There are magnificent human-headed capitals from Persepolis, a cuneiform inscription and godly affinity of Xerxes, and also from the central hall in Apadana Palace, a striking frieze of glazed tiles. You can find a famous trilingual inscription from the time of Darius I, a statue of a sitting dog that looks like it was carved just weeks ago, a bull-headed capital and carved staircase, and four foundation tablets inscribed in cuneiform.

There’s a small cafe which is opened from 9am to 5pm, in a courtyard behind the museum.