Named after the famous artist (painter) and calligrapher of the Safavid period, Reza Abbasi museum showcases a unique collection of Persian art dating back to the second millennium BC, from both the pre-Islamic and Islamic eras. The collection of objects on display in the Reza Abbasi Museum recalls an era that is unknown, mysterious, and full of the endeavors of humans for survival, fighting nature, gaining benefits and victory over the environment.
The Reza Abbasi Museum (the RAM) opened in September 1977 in Tehran, Iran and is now administrated by Iranian Cultural Heritage Organization. The collections in storage of this museum belong to a period from the 2nd millennium BC to the early 20th century which corresponds to the end of Qajar period. One thing that has made RAM unique between other museums in the country is that the exhibits are arranged chronologically starting with the top-floor Pre-Islamic Gallery, where you’ll find Achaemenid gold bowls, drinking vessels, armlets and decorative pieces, often with exquisite carvings of bulls and rams. This, gives visitors a chance to observe the development of art, culture and technology during this time interval.
The objects exhibited at the museum are displayed on two separate halls. Pre-Islamic Hall: The remnants of this hall are relative to two reputed cycles of pre-historic and historical periods. These relics being ’admiralty metal’ (of Lurestan) and in these halls exhibits of the Achaemenian , Parthian and Sassanian eras are on display.
Islamic Arts Hall: Relics in this hall are earthenware vessels, metal articles, architectural elements, jewelry, and textiles from the Saljuqi, Teimoori and the Safavid eras. Articles such as book covers and pen cases from the Qajar period can also be noted among them.Valuable paintings from the Islamic period and samples of different schools of painting such as Shiraz, Tabriz, Herat, a page from the ‘Shah Nameh’ “Hotoon” and the art of gilding are displayed here.
The library of the museum with over 10,000 Persian, English, French and German books is open to the museum curators, the staff of Cultural Heritage Organization, universities students and researchers. The subjects of the books are mostly composed of Iranian history art, archaeology and classical paintings. Also, there are over 50 different Persian and 60 foreign magazines, and 90 different newspapers that are all accessible to the visitors.
The Reza Abbasi Museum has alloted space to training courses such as Drawing, Calligraphy, Watercolor and Oil painting. The chief training services the museum offers are painting and drawing for pupils and adults.
Opening times of the library: Everyday except Thursdays and Fridays and national holidays, from 8:30 to 15:30 (The exhibition gallery and library are open on Mondays.)
The library does not have any book loan service.
It's a bit of a walk from the nearest metro, so perhaps take a taxi. The exact location is across the road from the Toosi University of Technology on the corner of Mir Motahhari Street and before the high suspension car bridge.
Gift Store is located on the Ground Level (Cultural Heritage Foundation Store).
Information Desks are located on the First and Second Level entrance.
Smoking is not permitted in any area of the Museum.
Video and still photography are permitted throughout the permanent collections of the Museum and Research Institute using existing light only. No photography of any kind is permitted in the Painting and Calligraphy gallery. No commercial photography is permitted. No camera stands are permitted.
Other telephone numbers you can call: (+98 21) 863001-2, 863006