Reza Abbasi Museum
The Reza Abbasi Museum (the RAM) was opened in September 1977, but in November 1978, only one year after its official opening it was closed. Exactly a year later, in 1979, he had altered his internal decorations and reopened the exhibition space. In 1984, due to some internal difficulties, it was once again closed and re-opened in 1985. Finally, on February 4, 2000, it was opened for the fifth time after its renovation. Reza Abbasi Museum is administered by the Iranian Cultural Heritage Organization The director of the museum is Mrs. Batool Ahmadi.
The collections on display and storage of this museum belong to a period from the 2nd millennium BC to the early 20th century, which corresponds to the end of the Qajar period. The displays are arranged chronologically so that the visitors can observe the development of art, culture and technology during this time interval. This setup has made the RAM unique among other museums in the country, in terms of Iranian art history. Among the items exhibited in this museum are artefacts of baked clay, metal and stone from prehistoric times to pottery and metal objects, textile and lacquer painting of the Islamic period. Other works of art on display in the RAM are paintings on canvas and paper, manuscripts and jewelery from the pre-Islamic period, alongside art and technology and calligraphy works of the Islamic period.
The conservation department, with its two laboratories and workshops for the preservation of painting, metal objects and manuscripts, is considered to be one of the country's most advanced conservation workshops. Therefore, it not only covers its own needs, but also accepts the conservation work from all other museums with the country.
The museum's library, with more than 10,000 Persian, English, French and German books, is open to museum curators, cultural workers, university students and researchers. The subjects of the books mostly consist of Iranian art, archeology and classical paintings.
The books are classified according to LC classification and the system is open shelf.
The library has over 50 different Persian and 60 foreign magazines and 90 different newspapers, all accessible to the visitors.
The library does not have any book loan service.
Opening times of the library: Everyday except Thursdays and Fridays and national holidays, from 8:30 to 15:30
The Publication Department has published valuable references on Iranian artistic legacy. The following titles that are available can be ordered from www.chf-iran.com.
1- The Art of the Achaeminians, Parthids and Sassanians.
2- Lorestan Brass and Metal Objects from Islamic Period.
3- A Collection of Iranian Arts, from the 2nd Millennium to 6th Century BC.
4- A Collection of Iranian Miniature and Calligraphy, from the 8th to late 12th Century AH.
5- An Introduction to the Art of Iranian Tilework.
6- Architecture of Esfahan Jamè Mosque.
7- Clay Tablets of Neishabour.
8- Tea-house Painting.