Art And Culture

Press Museum to Be Set Up by CIBM

Press Museum to Be Set Up by CIBMPress Museum to Be Set Up by CIBM

The Press Museum will be established by the end of the current year (March 20, 2016) at Dafineh Building in Mirdamad Ave. Tehran, said Mohammad Reza Javaheri, Managing Director of the Cultural Institute of Bonyad Museums (CIBM).

Over 4,000 newspapers, from the Qajar era to the present, have been collected and the process is continuing. “The press plays a major role in preparing the ground for global development,” Javaheri said, adding that newspapers are the richest sources of contemporary history, IRNA reported.

He said newspapers take up issues in an analytical way, but “this is not the case with books or other sources.” Hence, the media can effectively narrate history, “especially contemporary history of the world.”

The collection is aimed at comparing Iranian and world press, analyzing different historical eras in terms of media broadcasts, and displaying the first numbers of revolutionary journals and newspapers on important issues.

  Cultural Activities

The Cultural Institute of Bonyad Museums was founded in 1995 with the aim of collecting and maintaining museum objects of the Mostazafan Foundation - a charitable foundation and the second-largest commercial enterprise in Iran - and also establishment and management of museums.

Important cultural activities of the CIBM include: organizing, repairing, preparing indexes of scholarly and artistic works, design, classification and equipment of objects including containers, statues, chandeliers, carpets, clothing, pottery, weapons, jewelry, precious Iranian and foreign paintings, especially Persian Gulf ancient geographical maps, old valuable doors and windows with tiles.

The institute presently takes care of four museums: Time Museum, Car Museum, and Money Museum in Tehran and Ramsar Palace Museum in Mazandaran Province, and supervises 14 treasuries including: pottery,   textiles ,   wood,    paintings,   ceramics  and glass, Tehran history,  jewelry , press, weaponry, and sculpture.


Holding the cultural festival of ‘Yalda’ (an ancient Iranian festival which marks the longest night of the year - Winter Solstice  - observed on December 21-22) and different ceremonies, are among the CIBM programs scheduled for the current calendar year (started March 21), Javaheri said.

The CIBM’s Ramsar Museum was visited by over 397,000 enthusiasts in the previous year, he said, adding that 55,000 visitors were foreign tourists.

The money museum highlights the history of 2700 years of coinage and 100 years of paper money in Iran, including the first materials and objects such as metal rings used for trade and transactions, the first Iranian coins (Derik and Shekel) minted in Achaemenid era until the current Iranian paper money.

The purpose of the museums is to collect, preserve, interpret, and display items of cultural, artistic, or scientific significance for the education of the public. All museums display objects that are important to a culture. As historian Steven Conn writes, “To see the thing itself, with one’s own eyes and in a public place, surrounded by other people having some version of the same experience can be enchanting.” They play a prominent role in human development, displaying the components of ancient everyday life. They have a lot to say and people should not overlook those rich-historical displays.