Few people know that the Sudanese and the Egyptian histories are quite interweaved. The Sudan National Museum gives you a good introduction into the cultures along the Nile (much better than the Egyptian Museum in Cairo in my opinion).
When you enter the premises you will find a few temples that have been rescued from the Lake Nasser construction. You can wander inside and find the right level of information posted outside each of the temples.
In the museum there are basically three rooms:
- Upon entry to the right there are changing exhibitions. When I was there the topic was the Nile dam.
- Straight up there is the main room with all kinds of artefacts that you would expect from Egypt, including a sarcophagy.
- The upstairs room was housing an exhibition on Christian and Muslim art when I visited. You wouldn't expect that, would you?
So all in all the museum might not be very large but it's nice way to spend a hot afternoon.
PS: There is a little bar in the garden, too, where you can buy ice cold (non-alcoholic) drinks.