Fine Art Museum


Near the front gate of the Sa'd Abad Museum Complex, this museum exhibits many excellent paintings, including a dazzling full-sized portrait of Fathi-Ali Shah in full regalia by the early 19th-century artist Meh Ali Isfehani. There are also European works from the 18th to 20th centuries, including paintings by Salvador Dalí.

The building originally served as the royal court between 1968 and 1979 and is also known as the Black Palace because of its dark marble exterior decoration.

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1. Sa’d Abad Museum Complex

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Sprawling across the foothills of Darband, this estate was a summer home to royals since the Qajar dynasty, although it was the Pahlavis who expanded it…

2. White Palace

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Built in the 1930s, and one of the highlights of the Sa’d Abad Museum Complex, most of what you see in this 5000-sq-metre, 54-room palace dates from…

3. Royal Automobile Museum

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This minor attraction within the sprawling Sa’d Abad Museum Complex is one for motorheads with its well-buffed collection of Rolls Royce and Cadillac, and…

4. Military Museum

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At the Sa'd Abad Museum Complex and set inside and around a palace that belonged to the shah’s nephew Shahram, this museum contains a wide range of…

5. Royal Tableware Museum

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Drop by here, one of the smaller museums in the Sa'd Abad complex, as much for the faux-French architecture (check out the elegant double staircase…

6. Green Palace


A hike up the northwest end of the Sa'd Abad Museum Complex, the classical-looking Green Palace was built at the end of the Qajar era when it was known as…

7. Royal Costume Museum


Located at the northern end of the Sa'd Abad Museum Complex and occupying the 1939 vintage Shams Palace, once the Shah's sister's residences, this museum…

8. Imamzadeh Saleh

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One of Tehran's most attractive shrines, Imamzadeh Saleh provides a photogenic focus to Tajrish Sq with its twin minarets and dome covered in beautiful…