Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art

Iran's history is linked with art and the new era would undoubtedly need contemporary art, which is why masterpieces from great international artists and works of art by Iranian artists are gathered in the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. The museum is located in the center of Tehran just on the west side (entrance by Kargar street) of Laleh park just on the opposite side where the Iran carpet museum is located. In addition to being easily accessible by public transport, it is perfectly located for tourists who want to visit other Tehran tourist attractions such as Golestan Palace, he National Museum of Iranthe National Museum of the jewelry and etc.

The first question that would come to any reader would be: What could I find in the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art? Well, the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art is very famous for people who have knowledge of art and are aware of world events and galleries. 3,000 items of international modern art from the past two centuries and priceless works by great modern art artists such as Picasso, Renoir, Pollock, Gauguin and etc. are some of the fascinating collections that exist in the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. The value of existing parts and objects is estimated to be more than $ 2 million. In addition to the mentioned collections there is usually a temporary exhibition where works by Iranian artists are exhibited. Aside from the museum and galleries, the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art garden is another area attraction where you can explore western sculptures like Giacometti, Magritte and etc.


History of the museum of contemporary art

Although the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art was opened in 1977 by Queen Farah Pahlavi, the origin of the gathering of contemporary art objects in Iran began in the 1940s, when the Faculty of Fine Arts opened. Thereafter there was a great movement of artists between Iran and the West, especially Europe, for learning and improving artistic skills. At the end and only two years before the revolution, Queen Farah Pahlavi opened the museum to collect the best modern objects and pieces.


Contemporary art museum architecture

Architect Kamran Diba designed the mysterious building of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, drawing inspiration from traditional Iranian architecture. Although from the outside you can see a mixed architecture of modernity and tradition but the interior is a new work based on contemporary art. The interior and exterior of the contemporary art museum building is based on Persian art having elements such as wind collectors or “Badgir” on the facade and other elements such as Hashti (hall in Persian architecture), Chaharsoo (small four-way building ) and etc., in interior design. It is interesting to know that most of the contemporary art museum is underground. From the starting point the route begins on the spiral walkway through which you can go to other levels and visiting the galleries on the walkway.


During your visit to Tehran, do not miss the opportunity to enjoy visiting Museum of Contemporary Art, which is one of the elements of the "What to visit in Tehran" list and is also normally included in the tourist packages of Tehran and Iran, especially in Iran cultural tours. Although it is a historic site, normally Iran's tour operators such as Iran Negin Travel include Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art on their ecological trips to Iran, adventure trips to Iran, religious trips to Iran and, of course, experiences in Tehran.

Our cultural trips to Iran are mostly the option to explore Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art and learn about Interests of Iranians in Art and culture.




Contemporary art museum Tehran

Contemporary art museum Tehran

Tehran Contemporary art museum

Tehran Contemporary art museum


Additional Information

Opening Hours

08:00 - 17:00

Admission Entrance

500.000 IRR