The latest newsletter of the International Museums for Peace brings the news that – in a ceremony held on 19 May 2013 to celebrate World Museums Day, and in the presence of representatives from different museums from all over the country – the Tehran Peace Museum was selected by the International Committee of Museums (ICOM) as the best museum of the last solar year (spring to end of winter).
The selection was based on monitoring five different items of museum activities: education, number of visitors, creativity and innovation, introducing cultural and historical legacy, and collecting cultural-historical belongings.
Peace Museum delegate, Dr Shahriar Khateri, vice-President of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), records that a conversation between the founders of the Tehran-based Society for Chemical Weapons Victims Support (SCWVS) and a coordinator for the International Network of Museums for Peace in 2005 led to the founding of the museum.
“This, as well as a visit to Hiroshima, Japan by members of SCWVS, fed into the desire for a peace museum in Tehran. It was in Hiroshima where the suffering from atomic arms was able to convert most powerfully into a drive for peace manifested via a peace museum.
“This ability to use the intense suffering of war to highlight the need for peace made the museums founders realize Iran’s parallel suffering from chemical arms and the need for a parallel drive for peace”.
Housed in a building donated by the municipality of Tehran within the City Park, the Tehran Peace Museum is an interactive peace center.
Its peace education program holds workshops and hosts conferences on the culture of peace, reconciliation, international humanitarian law, disarmament, and peace advocacy.
Tehran Peace Museum representatives visit The Hague
Tehran Peace Museum delegates visited The Hague early in April 2013 to attend the “Third Review Conference of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.”
During their stay they paid a visit to the INMP secretariat and Peace Palace.