The National Museum of Iran lies in Tehran, and it is considered as one of its attractions. It consists of two separate buildings called "Ancient Iran Museum" (founded in 1937 AD) and "Museum of the Islamic Period" (founded in 1996 AD). Currently, the National Museum of Iran consists of 13 sections including pre-history, historical, Islamic, Stamps and Coins, refurbishment, inscriptions, library and document center, Iran's history of art, nations' civilization history, public relations and information database, and physical protection sections which have been run in the internal part of the museum during years.
Construction of the museum was initiated by Andre Godard, the French architect, on May 11, 1934 at the instigation of Reza Shah. It was finished in 1937, and the museum was opened to the public.
National Museum of Iran is 80 years old. Not only is the National Museum the largest museum of archeology and history in Iran, but it is also considered as "the Mother Museum" in Iran's museum management culture.