Gorgan Palace Museum
Gorgan Palace Museum is one of the cultural centers of Gorgan city, the capital city of Golestan Province, narrating the history and culture of this ancient region. This palace museum was established inside the area of City Park (the previous library) located in the center of Gorgan, as one of 12 palaces of Pahlavi family in Iran and the residence of this family in the north of Iran, which is located in the neighborhood of a collection of administrative buildings such as municipality, civil registration office, Iranshahr school and post office of Gorgan. The special palace of Gorgan was evaluated in 1336 S.H, by Mahdi Mirdanesh, one of the main archeological experts of that time, and it was finally inscribed on the List of Iran National Monuments with registration number 1538, under the supervision of the Center of Study and Coordination of the Supreme Council of Arts and Culture.
In 1317 S.H., Gorgan Palace Museum was constructed in 250 m2 area as a two-storey building with gable roof showing the architectural features of Pahlavi which is extremely inspired by European architecture. The building was constructed in Pahlavi I period, on the foundation of a Safavid structure, similar to Mian Poshteh Palace in Bandar Anzali, and it was transferred into Gorgan Palace Museum in 1388 S.H, after some restoration operations.
It is the first museum of the north and the fourth specific museum of archaeology in Iran. The museum includes a ground floor and upper parts; the main sectors placed in the ground floor, devoted to introducing the celebrities with the aid of 30 status of the famous characters of the province like the scientists of Golestan province from 3rd century A.H. to Pahlavi period. In addition, approximately 100 items belonging to Pahlavi period and the residence of Pahlavi family are on display here. The museum also includes a space for temporary exhibitions embracing different historical and artistic themes. In the yard of the museum, there are several tombstones related to a time span between 8th to 14th centuries A.H. Some new archaeological aspects of ancient Gorgan region belonging to 5000 years ago until Qajar period are on display in archaeology hall. Totally, the museum includes 152 historical and cultural items.