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    Moghadam Museum, Tehran-Iran

    Tehran - Moghadam Museum, Tehran-Iran

    Overview:

    • Working Hours: From 9 A.M to 5:15 P.M ( closed at ُSaturdays and national holidays)
    • More Info: Moghadam house in Tehran, is one of the luxury homes which belongs to Qajar era.
    • How to get there: If you plan to use Tehran Metro to get there, you can reach it by getting off in Hasan Abad subway station which is very close to Moqadam Museum.
    • Plan Your Visit: A half day is enough to discover its many beauties

    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.

    Notes & Recommendations:

    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.

    Contacts:

    • Tell : +98 21 6646 3144 - 21 66 48 00 74

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    Patrimonito

    This workshop is designed according to the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme in order to give young people a chance to voice their concerns and to become involved in the protection of our common cultural and natural heritage. It seeks to encourage and enable tomorrow’s decision-makers to participate in heritage conservation and to respond to the continuing threats facing our World Heritage. The idea of involving young people in World Heritage preservation and promotion came as a response to Article 27 of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (World Heritage Convention). Furthermore, Patrimonito means 'small heritage' in Spanish and the character represents a young heritage guardian. Patrimonito has been widely adopted as the international mascot of the World Heritage Education Programme.
    Date: 29th December
    Number of trainees: 7
    Duration: 3 hours

    The workshop of "Patrimonito" was held on 29th of December. Participants arrived around 10:30 and they were welcomed by hot chocolate and Persian cup cakes. After a little introduction by trainers and trainees, the process started by making two groups and letting them choose a name for their group, each group was accompanied by a mentor then each group was given some images of world heritage sites in Iran and some descriptions, each group was asked to match images and descriptions, the mentor was guiding them throughout the activity. All trainees were participating actively and trying to remember their experiences about their travels to these places. When they were done with the activity, the mentors started giving the answers and a brief explanation about each site; mentors were using trainees’ ideas and experiences to complete their tasks.

    Shortly after that, the second part started which was a presentation done by two of mentors. The aim of this presentation was to define the value of these world heritage sites and duties of each person as a "Patrimonito", and what happens if there is no "Patrimonito" and nobody cares about our tangible or intangible heritage. In this part trainees started questioning and understanding the whole concept of being a "Patrimonito", they also added their own suggestions on how to protect our heritage and by the end of this part, they were completely aware about their role as a "Patrimonito".
    Now it was a best time to have a short break, during the break trainees were introduced to some of intangible heritages as they were served by traditional food and snacks and even they way of serving was according to traditions and everyone had this opportunity to discuss about intangible heritage while enjoying some traditional food and snacks.
    When the break was done, everyone was asked to choose a heritage either tangible or intangible and they had to introduce their chosen heritage to a tourist by making a postcard using what they have learnt. They were given all of necessary tools such as color papers, color pencils, glue, scissors, images of heritage and a mentor was with them in order to help them completing the task.

    When they were done, they handed out their postcards and with the mentors they sat together and spent a few minutes asking and answering about what they have learnt. Then they were told to say their vows for protecting their heritage and caring about it, the mentor said the vow and the trainees repeated after her and they officially became a "Patrimonito".

    The last but the best part was when they were given the certificates, and they were told that since they are aware of the value of the heritage and they know how to protect it, they are chosen as "Patrimonito" and they should continue their mission by introducing the value of heritage to others. They were granted certificates and labels and the workshop of "Patrimonito" was finished by taking some memorial photos.