Why should we visit the Abgineh Museum?
The Abgineh Museum is one of the top ten museums in Iran, visited by about two million tourists each year. This precious museum located at the 30 Tir street food, which is historic, amusing and delicious.
The mansion where this museum located is one of the most spectacular buildings in Tehran with the eye-catching brickwork art. This octagonal house was built in a garden with 7000 meters. The general architecture style of the building is a combination of Iranian and 19th century European architecture.
Follow us to introduce you different sections of the Abgineh Museum and the treasures in it.
The first floor corridor of the Abgineh Museum displays pottery dating back to the first millennium BC and glass artifacts made in 18th and 19th centuries in European countries.
Some of the objects you will see in the first floor corridor are ceramic ware that two horses can be seen on its handle, ornamental ceramic jar, zoomographic vessel showing the shape of a camel and earthenware figurine, which painted similar to elephant tusk.
Examples of glass artifacts dating back to the first millennium BC, the Achaemenid dynasty, the Sassanid era and the early Islamic period will be found in the Crystal Hall of the Abgineh Museum. These works have been arranged in time order to reflect the evolution of glass works in Iranian industry, which the Sassanid era is the peak of it.
Available art works in the Crystal Hall are glass bowl and beaker made by molding and pressing, glass hanging-lamp, glass bowls with concave troughs, glass jug made by blowing and pressing and polychrome glass rods.
You can see matte and glossy glass works, especially decor and perfume glass dating back to the first and second millennium BC in the Enamel Hall of the Abgineh Museum. You can also visit a collection of earthenware that includes examples of simple pre-historic pot with geometric designs dating back to the fourth to first centuries of the first millennium BC.
As the most prominent objects of this hall, we can mention earthenware wears with geometric engravings and ornamented figurines, vessel with handle, glass bracelets with various colors and ceramic bowls.
This part of the Abgineh Museum houses glass and pottery works belonging to Islamic period. Besides, works of contemporary artists demonstrate here.
The most remarkable objects of this hall are carved and colored ceramic beakers with transparent enamel, mold porcelain were in the shape of a bird, glass sprinkler formed by blowing into glass and without any prior design and Iranian cut glass wares, which was very common in the Sassanid period.
Pottery and glass artifacts that were mostly decorative and belonged to the early days of the Islamic period are displayed in the Seashell Hall of the Abgineh Museum. We can observe significant changes in glass works, painting on glass and new methods for deep cuts here. As the design and architecture of this hall resembling a semi-open shell, it is named the Seashell Hall.
Some of the historic objects that you see in this hall include glass tumbler with painted enameled designs, painted ceramic bowl, glass dry cupping created without a specific design and with a blowing method, ceramic plate decorated with floral designs.
Pottery with inscription and deign dating back to the 4th and 7th centuries AH have been exhibited in the Golden Hall of the Abgineh Museum. Objects of this hall are mostly gold remains from the Seljuk era, azure stone and turquoise and writings such as prayers, poetry, miniatures and Mongolian faces adorn them.
The best attractions of this hall are a ceramic bowl covered by Iranian poems, ceramic vessel used for nuts in Haft Sin (one of the traditions of the Persian New Year).
Lapis-Lazuli Gallery (1) and Lapis-Lazuli Gallery (2)
These two galleries represent noticeable changes in the forms and decorations of glassware and pottery artifacts. They are called so because of their turquoise glazes of the 7th and 8th centuries.
Pottery decorated with turquoise colors dating back to the 6th or 7th centuries AH; seen in the Lapis-Lazuli Gallery (1) of the Abgineh Museum. Most of the objects are decorated with illustrations or paintings in black. Exceptional pots known as the double layer pots are also in this hall.
Examples of glassware dating back to the 11th to the 13th centuries are exhibited in the Lapis-Lazuli Gallery (2) of the Abgineh Museum. During the Safavid era, Shah Abbas invited numbers of glass masters from Venice to Iran so that they could teach their art to the Iranian masters. A clay tablet glazed with seven colors belonging to the Qajar period and an image of Shahnameh are shown in this gallery.
Address: Si Tir St, Tehran, Iran.
Telephone: +98 21 6670 8153
Opening times: 9 AM_ 7 PM in spring and summer, 8 AM _ 5 PM in winter and fall (except holidays)
Suggested visiting hours: 30 minutes _ 90 minutes
Price: local visitors = 25000 Rials, tourists = 150000 Rials.