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“They really did clean the glass pavillons sometime...”

Sudan National Museum
Ranked #1 of 29 things to do in Khartoum
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

... since my last visit in 1981. But no more than once...

The place is in a very sorry state, it was in reasonable shape when I was in Khartoum 30 years ago (though the glass pavillons covering the relocated temples in the garden were completely dusted up), apparently it was unabated slow but steady decay ever since.

Lighting does not work in the main hall, so if you actually want to see the exhibits in the cases, a good torch is essential!

On the bright side, the tourist crowds are completely absent.

4  Thank andrasz
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

Tucked away along Nile Street in Khartoum is an impressive historical collection. Outside of the main building are several reconstructed temple buildings, sheltered but not guarded - which is to say you have free reign to get as close as you like to 4,000 year old hieroglyphs. More impressive than that, however, if the information going with each museum - I've been in other museums where it was impossible to discern what was on display, but here the information is clearly and fully presented. Moreover, you get a full taste of Sudan's history - pre-Egyptian, Egyptian, Sudanese Kingdom, Second Egyptian, Christian, and Muslim. I was thoroughly impressed with the full account of the thousand years of Christian Imperial history - world class paintings, well-preserved, and not politicized by the government. I walked away with a deeper appreciation and respect for Sudan's history, all for 2 Sudanese Pounds and a couple of hours.

And yes, while the Egyptian connections are evident, if you look closely and read some of the information, the nuances are clear and interesting.

1  Thank shleach
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Gold , iron ,stones and burned mud were the main materials used by the first people of the Sudan thousands years ago . If you are interested to see hundreds of items made of the said materials just plan to visit Sudan National Museum , at Nile street , Khartoum , Sudan .
Old jewellery made out of pure gold ! , kitchen and food items made of stone , burned mud and iron ! Arms and war equipments made of stone and iron ! During my visit I discovered that ; one of the old sudaanese kingdoms ( Merawi ) was the first in the world which found and discovered the iron material !!?? Also at this museum you will see big stone statues for some of the old sudanese history kings and queens !! Also there you are going to see other creature stone made figures ! You will be surprized to know that , the first people of the Sudan they had their different temples and writings on the stone walls !!

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Reviewed May 21, 2013

I first visited the Museum in 1996 and have made numerous trips back. When you enter the gates of the museum you enter thru fallen columns, statues that look plucked from the banks of the Nile, and weeds. In a funny sense the lack of gardening makes it almost studied and if you'd entered long lost ruins. The channels meant for water symbolize the Nilotic civilizations but were dust filled.
The building is dusty and rudimentary in it's upkeep as well. But what's inside is worth seeing. The Christan section has a perfectly formed angel which was painted into side of church and brought whole to the museum.
But it's the massive amounts of Meroetic artifacts that boggle the mind. If you can find a curator, you will find them so helpful, so interesting and will be transported back in time.
True, there is no airconditioning, so set forth on a cooler day and you will be glad.

2  Thank JanetMcE
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

If you are here you might as well come to the Museum. The Christian stuff on the first floor were just wow. the way it is set out might need some updating. The temples in the ground are nice but because of the setting they lose something.

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