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Ethnological Museum

Address: Algeria St Piazza Haile, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Ranked #5 of 21 Attractions in Addis Ababa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

From childhood to death you follow Ethiopian way of living. Take your time and read information and you will better understand the country you are in.

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Valparaiso, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Take the time to see this museum if you can...it provides a rich cultural and political history of Ethiopia. The displays are somewhat shoddy compared to European standards, but look beyond them to learn about Ethiopia.

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Nokomis, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

The museum has a superb exhibit that displays artifacts from many of the cultures, organized by life cycle stages. It's s a wonderful way to learn about the cultures you have already seen or prepare you for those you will see. Since it is on the campus of the university you get a taste of student life. It was a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Quite a high admission price, but great overview of the different tribes and history of Ethiopia covering thousands of years into the past into modern day.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Contains a pretty good section on the various tribes, well set out from birth to death, however it's badly lit - although not nearly as bad as the rest of the museum. The art section is dominated by religious icons and related paintings. The musical instrument section has some non-functioning speakers, maybe at some point there may have been, or... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Interesting to read earlier reviews - some love this place, others not so. I thought it great. Check out the his and hers bathrooms and bed chambers - fascinating! Having lived in countries where Selassie is revered, it was really interesting to learn more about the man and to see his ceremonial clothing, living quarters, etc. Also, there were great... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Costs $10 and there are a few interesting things to see here so it is worth a visit but many of the displays are poorly lit and very badly curated.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Housed within Haile Selassie's former palace, Museum contains exhibits & pictures from the history of Ethiopia. It also gives an insight into the traditions & various tribal diversity in Ethiopia. Suggest to hire a guide, to gather a good insight.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This small museum is situated in campus of Addis Ababa University. The place is lovely. I liked the former rooms of Haile Selassie. The exhibition of the museum is focused on various aspects of Ethiopian life and culture from the birth to death.On the second floor is Art gallery with exhibition of musical instruments and various icons and scrolls. After... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

It was truly one of the best museums I've been to. It is so interesting, they way they explain about Ethiopian culture. I could stay there for hours. The part with Haile Silassi is not that interesting, to say the least, and have to admit I was to exhausted to linger on the scrolls, which looked nice.

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