News ID: 151466
Published: 0308 GMT May 16, 2016

Iran’s museums free to visitors on May 18

Iran’s museums free to visitors on May 18

All museums across Iran will offer free admission to visitors on May 18, which marks World Museum Day and the first day of Cultural Heritage Week, said the director general of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization for Museum Affairs.

Mohammadreza Kargar added that museums are open every day from 9 a.m. to 19 p.m.

He said 73 Sassanid Stamp Seals would be showcased in National Museum of Iran on May 18.

Also, Head of East Azarbaijan Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Department for Museum Affairs Mehdi Bazzaz-Dastforoush said Azarbaijan Museum in Tabriz would hold Iranian Metalwork Exhibition ― pertaining to the pre-Islamic era ― and Byzantine coins unearthed from Bakhtak Leylan Castle in Malekan.

The coins, which date back to 3,000 years and identified in 2015, will be showcased in Azarbaijan Museum for the first time, he added.

Bazzaz-Dastforoush said an Exhibition of Commands and Directives from Qajar kings and Exhibition of Lighting Equipments Pertaining to Ilkhanid Era would be held in Qajar Museum and Ilkhanid Specialized Museum would be held in Maragheh during May 18-May 24.

In addition, a senior official of Kerman Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Department said the First Festival of White Tribal Tents would be held in Khabar Rural District in Shahr-e Babak in Kerman Province during Cultural Heritage Week. A handicrafts fair and traditional games would be held on the sidelines of the event, he added.

Meanwhile, head of the Directorate for Museums and Movable Cultural Properties of ICHHTO said 81,000 ancient items available in museums ― affiliated to ICHHTO ― were organized during the year to March 2016.

Mohammadreza Zahedi added that out of the items, 31,000 pertained to ICHHTO museums and 50,000 had been confiscated from smugglers by police forces in the past 25 years and delivered to National Museum of Iran since 1991.

He said the confiscated items have been transferred to Great Museum of Khorasan’s storerooms in Mashhad.

Zahedi added the items belong to pre-historic, historic, and Islamic eras. They will be accessible for students who study in fields of archeology, history and art in universities of Neishabour and Birjand.

In another development, Deputy Head of Iran National Committee of International Council of Museums (ICOM) Ahmad Mohit-Tabatabaei said there are sufficient state-run museums across the country. But, there is shortage in private museums, he added.

He said museums are sites for preserving the value and identity of the nation. Museum increases convergence among countries, he added.


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