Malek National Museum and Library

Malek National Library and Museum is a non-profit, cultural institute donated by Haj Hossein Malek to the holy shrine of the Eighth Imam of Shia Muslims, Imam Reza (A.S). Malek Library Malek Library, with over 19000 manuscripts from the 7th to 20th centuries, is one of the six large treasuries of manuscripts in Iran. Malek Museum Established over 70 years ago, concurrently with the Iranian National Museum, Malek Museum is as indispensable for research on the Iranian art as the Malek Library.

Malek National Library and Museum, located in Tehran, is one of the biggest libraries of precious manuscripts in Iran. It was stationed at Malek’s historical house until 1966. From that year the center was moved to a new building in the central part of Tehran and has expanded its activities. The building and its contents were donated by Haj Hossein Agha Malek to the Astan Quds Razavi.

Haj Hossein Agha Malek was one of the most remarkable intellectuals of the turn of the century in Iran and the most important art collector in Modern Iran. For over 70 years he has been associated with artistic donation, making it a familiar name among the Iranian lovers of art and culture. He donated most of his estate to the Astan Quds Razavi. The museum was funded by his estate and the site of the museum was also owned during his lifetime.

The museum was inaugurated in 1997 as a National Museum to public. It currently contains around 19000 manuscripts, 70000 books as well as other historical items such as 3000 coins, stamps, carpets and paintings.  It’s most precious possessions are 13 paintings by Kamal-ol-Molk and a manuscript collection with some of the finest persian calligraphy .

The museum also holds a collection of oil paintings by Benettii, Lorrin, and Halaf, a remarkable selection of  persian carpets  from regions across the country, metal works , lacquer works, and coins dating back to the Achaemenid era. The Museum and Library are under the control of the Astan Quds Razavi.

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Malek National Museum and Library

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Malek National Museum and Library

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