0104 GMT December 09, 2022
Iran’s Minister of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Ezzatollah Zarghami highlighted that the ministry prioritizes increasing the number of specialized museums and improve the quality of the current museums.
During the latest budget bill meeting of the government, nearly $3.5 million were allocated for completing the country’s museums, the minister said, expressing hope that the ministry’s efforts will soon bear fruit and new museums will be added to Iran’s art galleries, IRNA reported.
Speaking about the museum reservoirs, Zarghami said that Iran enjoys tons of historical relics and manuscripts which are kept in these storehouses.
He added that almost 90 percent of the country’s antiquities are kept in the museum reservoirs and are waiting for the construction of new museums to be on display.
At present, Iran has 790 museums, 268 of which belong to the Tourism Ministry, and the rest belong to both public and private sectors, he noted.
“In one of my provincial trips to Iran’s northern province of Gilan, I visited a museum which was operating in a private house,” Zarghami said, noting that the ministry gives the necessary support for the people and institutions that make efforts to create museums.