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Address: Algeria St Piazza Haile, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Nicely laid out and full of interesting items

I enjoyed this museum very much for all the reasons others have cited, until I needed to go to the restroom. There was no paper (and this was early in the day) and you needed to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
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Cary, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

For a museum that is located on the campus of Addis Ababa University, I expected a better display. The exhibits look as though they were placed there and then forgotten. There is no attempt to make the displays interesting. Have a look, but don't go out of your way.

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Cary, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

I enjoyed this museum very much for all the reasons others have cited, until I needed to go to the restroom. There was no paper (and this was early in the day) and you needed to grab a bucket of water from a large can in order to flush. There was no water in the sink to wash your hands.... More 

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Way better choice for a museum in Addis. Well done, detailed, rich - a true gem for Ethiopian culture.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

The museum is very well laid out and takes you from birth to death in traditional Ethiopian life. The religious artwork was fascinating, but the signs on the glass cases were hard to read. I would have appreciated a better description of the "masters of the sagging cheeks" and "masters of the eyelashes" and what it all meant. Best I... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Love the history and the evolution story. I think they need to improve on restoration of the amazing costumes and royal clothes. They also need to add a bit of simulation on the evolution story to make people more interested and more people will flood the place.

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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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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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