The turmoil of Imam Khomeini and Hassan Abad Squares is so incredible that seldom one would notice the door of a unique museum in Sheikh Hadi Street. According to Mehr News agency, Moqadam Museum, this historic priceless house in Tehran, is located right amidst all this commotion. It is certainly worth a visit, where, as soon as you put your foot into the entrance vestibule of the house, you immediately leave the everyday mechanical life behind so for tours in Iran. The museum is located in the heart of one of the most crowded streets of Tehran however the walls do not allow all this commotion to enter the private enclosure of this house now called the most valuable house of the world. It has such a peaceful environment with so many splendid objects that makes the tourists feel quite comfortable. A small beautiful garden with several turquoise ponds and many colorful trees such as pomegranates and cedars embraces the main building and its surrounding areas.
The residency used to be the luxurious house of Ehtesab-ol-molk who was one of the authorities of Nasseredin Shah’s dynasty, dating back to Qajar period. Years later, the house was left for Mohsen Moqadam the youngest son of Ehtesab-o-al-Molk and his French wife, Salma.
Mohsen Moqadam was one of the first Iranian archaeologists who worked with great specialists of this field at several historical sites. He was the founder of Fine Art College and taught at Tehran University. The couple living in Moqadam’s building decided never to marry and instead began collecting valuable artifacts in their house, considering them as their children which they should look after and leave for the next generations.
The house now mentioned as Moqadam’s Museum was one of the luxurious houses of the Qajar period so it has the two normally found sections in the old Iranian houses called biriouni (public wing) and andarouni (private wing). It is known as one of the most precious museums where priceless items such as gems, textiles, painting, pieces of furniture and prehistoric objects are found.
Along with all the splendid constituent parts of this majestic house, we can also see exculsively valuable golden tiles which in order to be preserved; Moqadam had installed them in a suitable place in the walls. Some of these tiles are absolutely unique in the world.
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.
In addition to all the doors and titled walls, there is also a small room next to the entrance door to the basement with all its door and walls decorated with valuable and semi-valuable gems and beautiful corals.
In his journals, Moqadam has mentioned how he has found most of the existing historical objects now on display, buying them either from vendors or house-owners intending to destroy their historical houses with whatever inside them. Others were either being smuggled out or circulating hands in foreign countries which Moqadam bought with his inherited wealth keeping them in or bringing them back to Iran. However, some of the other historical objects were given to Moqadam as gifts by foreign ambassadors or guests, like those which are speculated to be from Jerusalem.
There are also objects such as the red potteries of Cheshmeh Ali dating back to the fifth millennium before Christ, which are extremely valuable and nobody knows how they have found their way to this house.
In 1972, Mohsen and Salma bequeathed their family house with all its treasures to Tehran University. 10 years later, Dr. Mohsen Moqadam passed away.
The museum was opened to the public in august 2009 after the required restoration work was terminated.
A cozy café in the garden also gives the chance to have a sip of juice or coffee, while enjoying the spectacular view of the museum.
You can also manage to visit National Museum since it's just a 10 mintunes walk away from Moqadam Museum.
It's better to visit this museum in spring due to the green trees and beautiful garden.