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Yazd Water Museum

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 Yazd Water Museum

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This 124 year old Museum located in city of Yazd (Central Iran) displays the tool, techniques used for the past 4000 years in Iran in creating underground waterways (called Qanats) and connectincting them to the city and field locations for agricultural and other uses. Before the romans built their Aquaducts, Iranians had built an extensive system of underground (aquaduct) Qanats. Alot of these systems are still functioning today, in fact there is large one under this museum.

Yazd water museum was set up in 2000 in the wake of the first international conference on qanat in Yazd. The museum building has once been a merchant’s house built in 1929. Two qanats are running beneath the museum at different levels, which are reachable through a special stairway called Payab. This museum has put on display a variety of water objects from qanat to water ownership documents. Some parts of the house structure represent some parts of water history in the region. For example the stairway to qanat or a reservoir on the roof can show how water technologies and everyday life have been interwoven in the past.   
The museum is one of the best tourist destinations in Yazd, which receive hundreds of visitors every day.

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0 #4 2trvel Washington D 2015-05-05 04:42
“Fascinating- don't miss it”
The Water Museum in Yazd was, to my surprise, a ‘don’t miss.’ The qanat system is one of the engineering marvels of the ancient world and this is where you gain an understanding of exactly why it is so marvelous. No engineering background or interest in water management is needed to appreciate how extraordinary an engineering feat this is - comparable to the Roman aqueduct system. A tour of the entire museum will take about an hour and will enrich your understanding of the role that water (or lack thereof) has played in Iranian history and what lengths have been undertaken to secure reliable groundwater supplies in a desert region where summer temperatures routinely exceed 100 degrees. We also saw the traditional record-keeping system by which the water is allocated, hour by hour.
Visited October 2014
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0 #3 Leximum 2015-05-05 04:41
“Water is so important here the museum is interesting”
I was glad to have a family member to translate the notices and to explain the significance of some exhibitions. If there was more labelling and written explanation it would be really helpful. My daughter loved it here when she was young.
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0 #2 Ocrane 2015-05-05 04:40
“Somewhat Dull Museum”
Some aspects of this museum were interesting such as the photos depicting how the men of the village dig out water tunnels. If you are touring throughout Iran, it also helps give you a perspective of the importance of water in the region. However, most of the artifacts in the museum are somewhat dull and curated badly. If you are traveling with young children they will probably not enjoy this place. However, if you are really interested in learning about how water was and still is supplied in Iran then this is the place for you!
Visited March 2015
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0 #1 Peter V 2014-11-18 06:21
“Fascinating descriptions”
This is a worthwhile experience with clear descriptions in English and clear photographs that depict how effective traditional practices were in the desert.
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