This is one of Beirut’s finest museums, a stunning Lebanese-Italian mansion with an interior featuring wood-panelling, marble floors and colourful stained-glass windows, transformed into the Sursock Museum by the eponymousrnfamily. The content of the Museum is both historical and modern,rnlooking at regional objects and art from the last three millenia. Different rooms are decorated in different styles – Damascene andrnOttoman – and contain permanent exhibits of ancient jars, pottery andrnicons. Modernrnart plays an important part in the exhibitions with the museum offeringrnretrospectives of prominent Lebanese artists combined with contemporaryrnshows of Middle Eastern painters and sculptors. There are often temporary exhibitions of photography and contemporary art, but it’s best to phone and see if there’s one on when you’re here.