Since many people visit historic sites and museums on weekends, museum workdays are not subject to official holidays in Iran. It is regular in many countries. Usually, Monday, which is the first working day, is a holiday for museums. But even on Mondays, Iranian tourist attractions are open and can be visited.
Officially, tourist sites and museums that are staffed by guides and guards, just have a seven-day official holiday in Iran which are a national or religion's ceremonial event. These seven days are:
These seven days have been formally announced by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism as museum holidays. But you might have seen museums close doors on other days too.
Well, don't be surprised! There are festivals or events in Iran that all the people are involved in them, like the 13th day of the Persian New Year, nature's day, Sizdah-be-dar. Sometimes these national-celebrated days are the reason why museums take a holiday. It is also due to the religious ceremonies of Iranian religious communities in the historic places to which they belong, like ancient churches or temples. And the last reason could be the political reasons for closing historic sites on specific days.
We have provided you with a complete list of these unofficial holidays. But we recommend you to check the day and time of visiting historic sites with their websites and support team for better planning.
The following is a list of tourist sites and heritages that are closed on certain days for various reasons:
This magnificent and spectacular cathedral has got its specific holidays. Most of these holidays are due to Christian religious occasions. For this reason, we recommend that you also consider these holidays for visiting other churches in Iran, so that your visit does not interfere with church events. Please contact the support of the cathedral for accurate information regarding off dates.
December 31: New year celebration
January 1: New year celebration
January 5 & 6: Birth and Baptism of Jesus Christ
April 20 & 21: Easter Sunday
April 24: Monument to the Armenian Martyrs
The museum is adjacent to the Central Bank of Iran and has a very high-security system. In addition to the limited visit hours from 14-17, the museum is closed on Thursday, Friday and all official holidays.
This museum closes on Mondays.
The museum inside the tower opens every day except Saturdays.
The historic mansion is closed on Saturdays.
These historic sites are unofficially closed on the anniversary of Cyrus the Great (November 29).
This site is always open to the public, even on official holidays. But from June 14 until 18th, visiting this place is exclusively possible for the Zoroastrians as they have annual gatherings on these five days.
This museum is closed on Sundays and from May 15 until the 21st every year. In the Nowruz holidays, the site opens every day.
This mosque is closed on Fridays due to Friday prayers and also in Etekaf religious rites. During three days, participants in this rite live in the mosque. They don't leave the building to concentrate on praying and remembering the Almighty. The Etekaf ceremony is from 12-15 Rajab, the seventh month of the Islamic calendar(lunar).
Isfahan private music museum opens for visiting all the year except the list of seven holidays and
-21st March: The first day of Persian New Year, 1st of Farvardin month
-2nd of April: Nature's day or Sizdah Bedar day
-30 Safar (Arabic: صفر): The 8th Shia Muslims' Imam, Imam Reza's death
-3 Jumada al-Thani (Arabic: جماذی الثانی): Fatima al-Zahra's death, Prophet Muhammad's daughter
-19 February: Nationalization of the Iranian oil industry
The museum at a short distance of Rasht City is open on all days of the year except for the seven days of official museum closures. It is recommended to visit the museum on Thursdays and Fridays.
The UNESCO-listed World Heritage site of Tabriz Bazaar is closed on public holidays and religious mourning and the 12th day of Muharram month. However, museums and monuments in the bazaar area are open to the public.
Bear in your mind that local museums and sites in small regions usually have their program. As an unwritten principle, they close sites and museums about 11:30 in the noon till around 4:00 in the afternoon for prayer, lunch and rest. Always check before going to the location.
By Reyhaneh Jafari / TasteIran