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Ethnological Museum

Algeria St Piazza Haile, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Ranked #4 of 19 attractions in Addis Ababa
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Museums
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Brooklyn, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

This museum has recently doubled its prices for foreigners. It now stands at 100 birr (foreign students 50 birr, Ethiopians 5 birr, Ethiopian students 2 birr). Of course this is not a lot of money for a museum back home in New York, but it's quite a lot by Ethiopian standards, especially considering that the National Museum just down the... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Located within walking distance of the National Museum and actually on the campus of Addis Ababa University, this museum was probably the best one I saw in the country. The toughest thing about it is the location: it’s a bit of a hike from the street and in a building that really doesn’t advertise its wares (It’s actually Halie Selassie’s... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Particularly great collection of Ethiopian crosses and religious exhibition. Also ethnographic information and artefacts illustrate well the culture of the country. Visit former Haile Selasye rooms as a bonus.

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

This museum is located inside Addis Ababa University in the former palace of Haile Selassie. That alone gives it some value. But the museum itself is curated in an outdated style that archaeologists no longer really subscribe to. The upper floor was interesting though, offering a large collection of religious art and an opportunity to see Haile Selassie's bedroom and... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

It's probably worth visiting this museum both before and after your travelling around the country, it will give you tips for what to look out for and explanations of things you've observed along the way.. Divided into stations of the lifecycle (birth, marriage, war, religion, agriculture, arts, ethnicity, death, etc.), the museum contains just enough interesting material to engage without... More

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Split, Croatia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

As many places in this country this museum could be better regarding many aspects. We must be aware of the fact what Ethiopia has been trough and what difficulties country had and still has and we should judge accordingly. One can not expect British Museum organization and amenities but exhibits and all displayed is absolutely worth seeing and admiring. Leaving... More

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Athens
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

It’s an interesting museum to visit, although Ethiopia has great ethnological treasures and thus this museum should be more enriched. In any case, it worth a visit, if you are in Addis Ababa. No actual need for a guide there are EN signs. It’s located inside the University and it’s a bit chaotic to find the entrance, so better to... More

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Curitiba, PR
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Very well organized and there was a guide accompanying all through the museum explaining everything. Very good way to feel the diversity of this country.

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Preston, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Non-standard museum layout with little on the ground floor other than a brief history of the palace and the entrance to the Institute of Language Studies Library. Upstairs displays aspects of Ethiopian life based on life cycle along with rooms originally belonging to Haile Selassie.

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Harare, Zimbabwe
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014 via mobile

you dont need a walking guide . people should see this museum at beginning and end of trip to addis. one of best museums in Africa. would get more visitors if had audio guide.

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