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US Den of Espionage

Taleqani Ave., Tehran, Iran
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Beautiful wall murals - just be open-minded

Didn't get a chance to actually enter the now-defunct embassy as I was always found myself in... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Nurul M
Singapore, Singapore
Beyond expectations

We visited here just expecting to see some murals on the outside walls but hit the jackpot as the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Jennifer R
Sydney, Australia
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Taleqani Ave., Tehran, Iran
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Didn't get a chance to actually enter the now-defunct embassy as I was always found myself in Tehran on a Friday (considered a weekend in Iran), and the only Saturday I was there was a national holiday. Do note that the site is open Sat...More

Thank Nurul M
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited here just expecting to see some murals on the outside walls but hit the jackpot as the museum is now open all the time and has some excellent English speaking guides We had the very enthusiastic Ali who added to new dimension to...More

Thank Jennifer R
Reviewed 8 August 2017

The embassy is in a central location, but it was closed for renovation for one month. The exterior walls of the embassy were covered in anti-American graffiti which makes for a very interesting walk around the premises. There were posters on the grounds too (which...More

Thank Brendan T
Reviewed 29 May 2017

ok, SO, THE GUY TAKING THE TICKETS also cuts the hedge along the entrance.......and the weirdness carries on from there. A delightfully young lady met us on the first floor and said she does free guided tours. Shes obviuosly in full support of the ongoings...More

2  Thank Grant M
Reviewed 25 May 2017

Super interesting. Beware of opening hours, because you can actually ENTER the building. Everything is preserved and there is a great guide (MA in Philosophy even) with great English to explain everything to us.

1  Thank Luciana H
Reviewed 22 May 2017

This was a real gem of a museum. It's almost as if the embassy staff and the CIA left yesterday. All the old equipment is still in place and if you can see past the propaganda it's a really interesting piece of modern history. Note...More

1  Thank JJBroome
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

Recently opened as permanent museum, the building is still being renovated, the signage is still mostly in farsi and the short movie has terrible sound (animated sounds overwhelm the voiceover) but the glass faraday cage complete with Thunderbirds-esque mannequins and secure communications rooms are intriguing....More

1  Thank jainfarstrider
Reviewed 21 May 2017

The former US embassy - or US Den of Espionage as the Iranian government calls the building - is a must see in Tehran. You may remember the 1979 hostage taking when a group of Islamic students stormed the embassy and held diplomatic staff hostage...More

Thank Despoina Z
Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

Not worth going out of your way to see a few murals on the walls of the old US embassy. They could at least update it with some satire of trump and make it more interesting.

Thank Dean M
Reviewed 12 May 2017

Arguably the most iconic relic of the political rift between Iran and the United States. The former embassy isn't the greatest museum per se, but a fascinating walkthrough of a very stirring moment in history. The exhibits aren't incredible, and it feels like the museum...More

Thank Wojtek A
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26 September 2016|
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Response from Mahdi K | Reviewed this property |
It's not a building that can be close or open... It's a wall placed in the street side. easy to see in every hour of every day or night. unlimited. It's a kind of advertising.