The Ethnography Museum of Persian Gulf
The ethnography museum of Persian Gulf, located in the city Bandar Abbas in the historic site of Berkehaye Baran, was opened in 2007 in a building with three stories in an area of about two thousand and four hundred square meters. The ethnography museum of Persian Gulf is known to be one of the biggest museums of Iran dedicated to this field. The building itself is a unique and elegant representative of southern architecture of Iran. Retaining walls, wood-framed windows, and wind catchers are some of the elements of the traditional architecture of this area. The ground or first level includes sitting room, public service, specialized library and the exhibit rooms. The second floor is allocated to ethnography and includes the galleries of Traditional Bazaar, Capture of Ormuz and Hunt and Hunting. Due to rich history and heritage of Hormozgan province, the third floor is allocated to archeology.
The first gallery of the museum, the Traditional Bazaar, demonstrates the conditions of market and trades of Hormozgan. The Hunt and Hunting gallery shows the various hunting techniques of Hormozgan. But the gallery of Capture of Ormuz can be considered as the most attractive part of the museum. Upon entry, the censors will be activated and the visitors will hear the sounds of clashing of the swords, fire of war cannons, rifles, and the cries of the fighters. The battleground is recreated with five fighting figurines. In the archeology gallery, historical objects such as pottery, stone and metal tools are on display. They include potteries, rythons, jewelry made of gemstones, and bronze arrowhead that generally belong to Parthian and Sassanid dynasties and have been found in Bashagard, Minab, Rudan and Haji Abad.
In the Islamic department, historic objects such as potteries, metal tools, ceramics, blue and white celadon, daggers made from silver, make-up boxes and perfume holders are on display. From its early years to the Qajar dynasty, they belong to different times of Islamic era. In the exhibit room of coins, there are historical coins made from silver, nickel, bronze and copper and they belong to Seleucid and Parthian empires, Sassanid, Umayyad Caliphate, Ilkhanate, Timurid Empires, Aq Qoyunlu, Qara Qoyunlu, Safavid, Qajar and Pahlavi dynasties. Potteries, utensils made of marble and steatite stone, sculptures, stone and pottery tools and blades can be found in this department, too. It should be mentioned that pottery blades were first found in January 2007, during the stratigraphy of Them Marun in Rudan County. To date, there have been no other discoveries of these objects in Iran and world. Bronze arrowheads and bayonets and also some other bronze artifacts of Lorestan have been added to the collection of this museum.