Yazd Water Museum, Yazd, Iran

The building:
The museum is a mansion with an area of 720 Square meters, constructed by late Mr. Kolahdooz who was a merchant some 150 years ago. The Regional Water Organization of Yazd purchased the house to establish the museum. This ancient building comprises the following five divisions:

  1. Two qanats named Rahimabad and Zarch which were once running under this construction and just the second one is now active;
  2.  Payab (a passage cut in the ground to have access to Qanat water) which is at the depth of 10 meters in the ground;
  3. Basements;
  4. Rooms and courtyard;
  5. Roof.

The roof of the building enjoys a well with a Persian wheel. A reservoir and a small pool to supply the consuming water for the household as well as its conveyance to the fountains in the courtyard and filling the pool.

An Introduction to The Collection:

  • Various kinds of axes. Illumination in Qanats, Persian wheels, buckets, clothing and especial cotton caps for the practitioners of Qanats;
  • Water faucets, utensils for carrying and preservation of water besides rubber bags the water carriers used;
  • Instruments for gauging Qanat water, water distribution devices and the first water clock of the world;
  • Qanat gallery levelling equipment;
  • Markets displaying the Qanat conveyance process as well as historical and water based places like mosques, reservoirs, ice houses, public bathhouse, water mills, farms and orchards;
  • Documents concerning endowment of Qanat water right benevolently.


The Water Tourism Route in the Ancient Area of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre of Yazd – Iran

Is it possible to discover the history of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the middle of a desert through an underground water distribution route in 60 minutes? This route will take us back in history, to a time when Yazd was represented by its Kariz Civilization. The route will be crossed both above and under the ground so that we learn about the ways in which our ancestors founded such a civilization along this route and in the desert.
The route starts from Amirchakhmagh square from its water reservoir. The next point is the water museum where a Sradab can be visited. Then the Darvazeh Mehriz (Mehriz Gate) Water Reservoir will be visited. From that point the Payab of Jame’ mosque, and the Shah Kamalieh Hammam can be visited. Then visitors can move to the Vazir watermill and finally the Rakhtshooy Khane.



School and University students’ visits and painting workshops about water for primary school students

Visitors’ satisfaction is directly related to experience of learning, discovery and involvement. Yazd Water Museum has tried its best in motivating learning behavior for all age groups especially primary school students. This will shape a sustainable future for water museum and a lifelong learning for students.
We’ve actually tried to make the museum as a source of knowledge to the public on the history, culture and natural history.