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Address: Algeria St Piazza Haile, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Interesting exhibits in spacious and historic setting

I much preferred this to the National Museum. It had many more exhibits, much better presented. It was poignant to see the last Emperor and Empress's private bedrooms and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Maldon, United Kingdom
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Maldon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

I much preferred this to the National Museum. It had many more exhibits, much better presented. It was poignant to see the last Emperor and Empress's private bedrooms and bathrooms, too.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

This should be #4 of your list of things to do in Addis. I will let the rest of the TripAdvisor reviews hash out the top 3 attractions (mine are Addis Eats, Red Terror, National Museum). This is tucked waaay back into the Addis Ababa University Campus. This is the former palace of the Emperor who founded the University. There... More 

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Maple Grove, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

the museum was interesting, but i think if i had time for just one museum in Addis it would be the National museum. the bullet hole in the mirror from the attempted coup was kind of fun to see and there was a lot of information on the different parts of Ethiopia and cultures.

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Sevenoaks Uk
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Well-presented collections of paintings, church crosses, musical instruments, local farm equipment and much else

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

really nice array of cultural practices from the different regions. Would have liked more cohesive presentations. Selassie's bedroom was interesting--seeing the bullet mark in the mirror left an impression.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Habtamu Yitay is a fully licensed and trained guide, but more than that he is a delightful young man full of enthusiasm and good will. At our request he took us to the National museum and Ethnological museum, he enquired about very particular items we wished to purchase and faciltated our way in the markets and finally took us to... More 

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Mount Kenya National Park, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This is a well-organized museum with sufficient information posted for a self-guided tour. This museum is a must for anyone intersted in historical, anthropological, or religion-related topics in Ethiopia. A quick visit to the bed and baths of Emperor Haile Selassie and Empress Menen was an interesting bonus though not too exciting. However, it was pretty cool to see some... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The Ethnological Museum (on the University of Addis Ababa campus) is wonderful. The exhibits are well displayed with excellent explanations in English as well as Amharic. And upstairs is a marvellously colourful display of icons (with some very funny explanations) and Ethiopian crosses. The musical instrument section is also very interesting. Make sure you don't miss seeing Haile Selassie &... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We almost missed the Ethnographic Museum because we had such a short time in Addis. Luckily we were able to speed through a few things on our last day and make it there before closing. Although not as big as European museums, this is the biggest museum we went to in Addis, with the biggest variety in its collection. They... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Nice display of Ethiopian culture and discussion of different areas and peoples that make such a varied experience in seeing this country. Emperor Haile Selassie and his Queen have their bedrooms and bathrooms on display. Don't miss the musical instruments.

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