Among the palaces and museums of Tehran, Zaman Museum is one of the most beautiful and best palaces where you can spend your free time. This museum was established about 16 years ago as the first Iranian watch museum on Zafaranieh Street in Tehran.
This building is more than 80 years old and dates back to the Qajar period and belongs to the reign of Mohammad Shah and Nasser al-Din Shah Qajar.
This building is the home of Hossein Khodadad Bazargan, an Iranian craftsman and entrepreneur, and has been in the possession of the Foundation for the Oppressed since the Islamic Revolution. The museum building has 700 meters of infrastructure and is located in a beautiful area of 600,000 square meters.
The garden in which this building is located was one of the lands of Ferdows Garden, which was also in the possession of Moayer al-Malik, the son-in-law of Naser al-Din Shah, but after his death, his son became its owner.
Around 1346 to 1347, Hossein Khodadad bought this property and at that time the building inside the garden was a one-story mansion made of clay and mud and had a wooden skeleton. Khodadad ordered that iron frames be used instead of wooden frames in the building, and these changes took about 10 years.
Hossein Khodad made significant changes in this building by strengthening the building and constructing a floor on the ground floor and also asked the best plasterers in Iran to take steps to decorate the walls of his house. Professor Kashi was selected as the architect of the building, Ebtekar Engineer was selected as the building consultant, and Haj Ramazan Abbasian also worked on it.
Designers such as Haj Abdolkarim Navid Tehrani, Farhad Yahyapour, and Haj Ali Sheikhi also worked on the house.
It took almost 12 years to finish the plastering of Hossein Khodadad's house, and finally, in 1977 this house became a work of art. The interior architecture of this house is a combination of Iranian and foreign styles and in the entrances and margins, you can see a combination of Qajar style.
The museum building also houses a variety of antique clocks from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. The first floor of the mansion is for various and interesting examples of weighted and cookie mechanical clocks, such as falcon, pendulum, desktop, wall and stand clocks, each of which displays a combination of art and craft, which from their appearance shows that in the past attention was paid to clock decorations. They had something special.
On the second floor of this building, a collection of watches and pocket watches can be seen. Watches, some of which belong to celebrities and some have special uses, such as the first card clock.
Other interesting sections of the museum include important calendars from around the world, along with examples of simple and ancient calendars, introducing famous calendars, astrologers, and timekeepers. It is even interesting to know that there is a replica of the oldest Iranian historical document, the Bistoon inscription, in this place.
Address: Tehran Province, Tehran, First floor of the Major-Sargar Fallahi، Za'faraniye, street No. 12.
Phone: 021 2241 7336
Opening hours: The first six months of the year from Saturday to Wednesday from 09:00 to 19:00 and Thursday and Friday and holidays from 10:00 to 19:00
The second six months of the year Saturday to Wednesday from 09:00 to 17:00 and Thursday and Friday and holidays from 10:00 to 17:00