National Museum

Top choice in Khartoum

A visitor walks past examples of 10th century Christian art work at the national museum in the capital Khartoum on June 25, 2008. The UN Security Council welcomed yesterday the "Road Map" agreement on the Abyei conflict signed by leaders of north and south Sudan, and called for a UN peacekeeping force to keep a lid on the tension. AFP PHOTO/KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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This museum, the best in Sudan, has some breathtaking exhibits. The ground floor covers the rise and fall of the kingdoms of Kerma, Kush and Meroe. There's some stunning royal statues and perfectly preserved 3500-year-old artefacts from Kerma. Upstairs are numerous medieval Christian frescos removed from the ruined churches of Old Dongola and elsewhere. Outside are some temples rescued, Abu Simbel–style, from the rising waters of Lake Nasser. Allow at least 1½ to two hours for a visit.