This is a must visit museum if you visit Iran. It is a huge complex mostly built by the Qajar ruler Nasser al-Din Shah. He expanded and developed a few earlier royal building into this massive and ornate collection after seeing some grand European Palaces. It has a staggeringly huge collection of alabaster statues, murals, paintings, Quaranic manuscripts, a few weapons, clothes, ceramics and many elaborate interiors. Also the complex is blessed with reflective pools, pleasant gardens, massive wind towers (ancient air-conditioning), mirrored surfaces and decorative tiles everywhere. There are also park benches where you can sit and take it all in. Sounds perfect doesn’t it?
So what is the problem? EVERY building is a separate museum. That’s right – you have to pay a separate fee and obtain a separate ticket for all of them. You have to do this at the main entrance the complex. This can add up for a budget traveller, make a pleasant experience complicated and leave you with decisions to make. Do I see them all, or some and which ones? You cannot go inside the buildings and have a free look see first.
If you can prepare ahead of time take a look at their website listed below and choose which ones to visit. I had to make some guesses with the guide they had in ‘English’. I did miss out the Historic Photograph Gallery in the interest of time. If you leave one or two out and like the look of them – you can return to the entrance and buy additional tickets. You need to buy at least one to get properly into the grounds. The Marble Throne Veranda (Ivan-e Takht-e Marmar is the best one to start with in terms of location and excellent collection of 65 alabaster statues.
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Known as the Saad Abad Cultural Complex, and bounded by Velenjak to the north and Kolak-Chal to the east, it occupies an area of 410 hectares. Actually, it is the greatest cultural complex in modern Tehran consisting of seven palace-museums (out of 18, turned into public museums after the revolution), not all open at the same time.
However, they are clearly marked and signposted in English.
With an area of some 410 hectares Saad Abad reaches Velenjak in the north, Tajrish square in the south, Darband region in the east, and the skirts of Kolak Chal heights in the west. During the Qajar era, Saad Abad was composed of seven districts. During the Pahlavi era some regions were annexed to it and in this manner the Saad Abad palace was extended. Saad Abad consists of 18 palaces, which were resided by the former Shah of Iran and his relatives. Following the revolution however seven palaces in Saad Abad were turned into museums and palace - museums open to public.
These palaces included the White Palace (Nation Museum), Mother`s Palace (Museum of Reminiscence and Warning), Shahram (Museum of Military Implements), Shahnaz (Saad Abad Natural History Museum), Ministry of Court (Museum