The broadest collection of the masterpieces of works of art from all around the world, ranging in date and antiquity from the end of WWII to the 1980', has been kept and put on display in Tehran's Museum of Contemporary Art thanks to which, this place is taken to be one of the most significant and best of the art galleries in the entire world. Over 4000 works, all of extreme historical and artistic value, from the most remarkable artists are found in there. To name only a few, a number of works of Picasso, Pollock, Gaugin, Ernst, Magritte, Lautrec, Monet, de Kooning, Lichtenstein, Haraguchi, Renoir, Giacometti, Warhol, Klein, Suize, Bacon, Hackney, Kitaj, de Buffet, Johnson, and the like are preserved in the art storage of this museum whose building is one of the most unique and single-standing cases of Iran's modern architecture.


Tehran’s Museum of Contemporary Art also includes masterpieces of various major modern movements such as abstract expressionism, pop art, minimalism, conceptual art, impressionism, expressionism, fauvism, cubism, surrealism, pointillism, and photorealism. To see the eye-catching statues placed in the statue garden outside the museum, and to see the works of art exhibited inside the museum, almost drags anyone to the realm of art regardless of being previously interested in art or not. Not only is it a place for seeing the works of some of the most internationally renowned artists, but also one can find a rich collection of the most imminent works of Iranian artists in this treasury.


The beauties of oriental art, combined with that of the West, lets the visitors' minds float in varying atmospheres promising an unrepeatable experience. The building of Tehran's Museum of Contemporary Art, whose architecture has been inspired by the aboriginal Iranian architectural style, too, attracts the attention of any visitor leaving them wondering why it has been constructed in such a peculiar way. When going through the list of the artistic works preserved in this museum, the first question that pops up in one's mind is that how such significant works of the global realm of art are kept and stored in here.


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It is worth mentioning that there was an immense wealth under the ownership of Iran's last king and his family until just before the Revolution of 1979. Farah Diba, the last queen of Iran, herself a graduate of architecture, married the king in 1959. She was a great and ambitious admirer of modern art and was quick to offer any given support to promote it in Iran. On her trips to the western countries, she always would spend much effort to collect the works of the most renowned artists. By the passage of time, on one hand, the number of the works of art collected by the royal family piled up, and, on the other hand, Iranian modernist artists, too, created considerable works which led to the idea of founding such a museum. As a result, by queen's support, and the visionary insight of her architect cousin, Kamran Diba, who applied the unique Iranian wind-tunnels, along with the circular walkway spirals, in the design of the Tehran's Museum of Contemporary Art, the museum was constructed in 1977 in an area with 8500 square meters of width located in Laleh Park, downtown.

The easiest and most affordable way to get to Tehran's Museum of Contemporary Art is to use BRT bus stations or the subway. Leave the subway train or bus in the Inqilab Square station. From there, you can take one of the cabs commuting to Amir'Aabad St. and, after 5 minutes or so, get off right in front of the museum, or, alternatively, take a 20-minute walk from this square towards the north of Kargar St. and, after enjoying window-shopping before the interesting shops throughout this area, and getting past the sideway of Laleh Park, arrive at the museum. There are, however, various way to get there.

Saturdays: Closed 

Sundays - Mondays - Tuesdays - Wednesdays - Thursdays: 10 am - 6 pm 

Fridays : 3 pm - 7 pm

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Taking pictures without flashlight is allowed inside the museum and you're advised to visit Tehran's Museum of Contemporary Art about the same time you visit the Iranian Carpet Museum since the two are next to one another.

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