This website uses cookies. Some are necessary to help our website work properly and can't be switched off, and some are optional but can optimise your browsing experience. To manage your cookie choices, click on Open settings.
Sudan: Legendary 'Khalifa House Museum' in Omdurman reopens its doors after epic restoration03:29

Sudan: Legendary 'Khalifa House Museum' in Omdurman reopens its doors after epic restoration

Sudan, Oum Dorman
January 24, 2023 at 17:26 GMT +00:00 · Published

Omdurman’s famous 'Khalifa House Museum' opened its doors to the public again on Saturday, following a restoration project that began in 2018.

"The museum is very rich in collections, not only from the period of the Mahdist state, but extended to the Turkish period in Sudan," explained Museum Director Nemat Muhammad al-Hassan.

Situated near the 'Mahdi’s tomb', the resting place of 19th century religious leader Muhammad Ahmad, the house was home to his successor, Khalifa Abdallahi ibn Muhammad and acted as the HQ of the Mahdist government.

Footage shows clothing, books, cannons and Sudan’s first printing press.

"When the Mahdist state came, they seized a large number of pieces and benefited from them, for example, firearms, the currency printing press, and currency. Also, the Mahdi minted a gold coin, but it soon disappeared due to the greed of some for the metal," the director continued.

The Mahdist state ruled the country between 1885 and 1899, before Britain and Egypt took back control. The two-storey house was converted into a museum in 1928 and was restored with support from the British Council Sudan.

Sudan: Legendary 'Khalifa House Museum' in Omdurman reopens its doors after epic restoration03:29
Top downloads in last 24 hours
Show more
Description

Omdurman’s famous 'Khalifa House Museum' opened its doors to the public again on Saturday, following a restoration project that began in 2018.

"The museum is very rich in collections, not only from the period of the Mahdist state, but extended to the Turkish period in Sudan," explained Museum Director Nemat Muhammad al-Hassan.

Situated near the 'Mahdi’s tomb', the resting place of 19th century religious leader Muhammad Ahmad, the house was home to his successor, Khalifa Abdallahi ibn Muhammad and acted as the HQ of the Mahdist government.

Footage shows clothing, books, cannons and Sudan’s first printing press.

"When the Mahdist state came, they seized a large number of pieces and benefited from them, for example, firearms, the currency printing press, and currency. Also, the Mahdi minted a gold coin, but it soon disappeared due to the greed of some for the metal," the director continued.

The Mahdist state ruled the country between 1885 and 1899, before Britain and Egypt took back control. The two-storey house was converted into a museum in 1928 and was restored with support from the British Council Sudan.