There is a unique villa in downtown Tehran that many locals will have never heard about. Though you shouldn’t miss it as these gems are few and far between as Tehran continues to develop.
The Under-Glass Painting Museum was donated to the local city a few years ago by the family of Dr Siavash Shaghaghi which had built the building, following its restoration the delightful building was then handed over the cultural authorities who turned the villa into a museum to preserve it and its artworks for future generations.
The Under-Glass Museum is often overlooked due to its location off the beaten track, as well as being overshadowed by the Abgineh Museum in the west of the city centre. However, the restored villa is home to some of the most beautiful stained glass works from the past couple of hundred years.
The Museum is open seven days a week. However, there is little information online concerning opening hours. It also has a cafe area and outside seating area.
The area is a treasure trove of remaining Qajar-era villas, to a time when the landed gentry of the capital lived on the old outskirts of the capital city. Tehran has expanded so much in the past 150 years that these are now considered the centre of the town.