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Ethnological Museum

Algeria St Piazza Haile, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Ranked #4 of 21 Attractions in Addis Ababa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Israel
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I think that is better to visit this museum at the end of your trip to Ethiopia because this place puts everything in the right context after long trip. Don't even think to visit without a guide, there are great young guides for free.

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Kampala, Uganda
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

HISTORY IS LIKE WINE....THE OLDER IT GETS THE BETTER... A very good attempt at the consolidation and exhibition of Ethiopia's cultural and political history under one roof and in Emperor Haile Selassie's palace compound...now housing the Addis Ababa University... A great museum with an array of lessons to learn...gives the visitors a true insight of the history of Ethiopia. ..The... More

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Very interesting displays from all parts and eras of Ethiopia set in the fascinating palace of Haile Selassie. Lovely grounds and building are wonderful on their own, but each floor, room, corner holds some history or culture to be explored as well.

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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

First, I love the grounds- in the university, gardens of exotic plants. Then the museum is so full of cultural info. Love the instrument room. Unfortunately the music in each section was not working. The religious art, Haile Selassie's living quarters, and most of all the cultural exhibits about the many ethnic groups of Ethiopia were fascinating. I have been... More

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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

This museum, located in the spectacular palace grounds on Addis Ababa's University campus, is a delightful way to spend an hour or two. It offers a broad array of photographs, history, artwork and cultural exhibitions, and it also houses the emperor's old living quarters.

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North Berwick, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Three (or were there four) floors of relatively well laid out and annotated components making up the very diverse Ethiopian culture in a clean and well lit building. It is well worth taking a couple of passes at the place when one has nothing to do on a rainy afternoon - and there are many in July and August. For... More

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Conwy, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

I visited here with a friend who is Ethiopian and we were offered an English speaking guide. I wish I had got his name- he was FANTASTIC!!!! So knowledgeable and interesting! The museum is fascinating, and gives you a real insight into the vast differences in Ethiopia- culturally and geographically.

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I really liked the Ethiopian art and the ornate crosses on display, as well as the house and gardens the museum is set in. 100 Birr (5 usd) entrance. Ask minibus drivers for the university, or go to Arat Kilo and then go one stop on to the university.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

This museum is within what was formerly Haille Selassie's Palace and is now part of the university. Very interesting insight into the numerous cultures that make up Ethiopia. Also, was really nice to see groups of school children enjoying their history.

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Ann Arbor
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

The best museum of those I visited in Ethiopia. Very good exhibits of cultural life in Ethiopia, and a good museum shop as well. Located on university grounds, which is a pleasing area.

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