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Address: Algeria St Piazza Haile, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Phone Number: 251920747162
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Quite Interesting Displays in a Very Historic Building

The building itself is worth the visit. It was the palace of Haille Salassie and his bedchamber as well as his wife's can be visited. Also displayed are a variety of historic and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The building itself is worth the visit. It was the palace of Haille Salassie and his bedchamber as well as his wife's can be visited. Also displayed are a variety of historic and cultural items from various regions of Ethiopia that are very interesting and informative. Definitely one of the better things to do in Addis.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great museum. Google maps says there are two. I walked to the other node. While I don't regret it, I could've saved 3 hours and gone straight to the uni and saw it from the nat museum. Must see. Great exhibits.

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Rockville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Located on the grounds of Addis Ababa University, this museum offers a great background for learning about Ethiopian culture and history. Taking the visitor from on a journey from birth to death, all aspects of Ethiopian traditions are covered. Lots of artifacts clearly presented with lengthy descriptions. One of the best ways to understand what Ethiopia is about.

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Thank Doris G
Saltfleet, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Set in the former palace of Haile Selassie, and in the grounds of Addis Ababa' s university, this well-presented museum tells the story of Ethiopians from birth to after death. A visit here gives a real understanding of Ethiopia and her people. I'm so glad we came here before setting off on our three week journey around the north of... More 

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Thank Andrea W
Jersey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not easy to find, this museum! It's on the University Campus. That was a nice walk actually, seeing the students doing all the things students do the world over (including studying in the library). The museum is fairly small, with exhibits for each region of Ethiopia (costumes, equipment etc) and some explanation of the region. There's also some part of... More 

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Thank Rus N
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you want a good idea of what to look for in. Your trip around Ethiopia, this museum presents an outstandingly good quality collection of cultural artefacts from many different Ethiopian cultures. They are all nicely displayed and it is not overpowering, although you do need more than an hour here. A bonus is the furnished Emperor's private suite and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Some of the videos and films in the museum were excellent. The most extensive collection of traditional musical instruments I have seen, Excellent orientation to cultures of Ethiopia. Art museum is mostly religious works but of good quality. This is not the national museum (Lucy etc)-in some ways, I preferred this one as more about the people and their lives

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First visited in 2006 and found this an interesting museum to visit and definitely a must for tourist to Addis Ababa.

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Thank PatA2006
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Very poorly lit, the exhibits are not organized in any logical manner and museum grounds are dusty and need gardening help. Crowds are allowed to get in and no controls on capacity that are allowed in at the same time. Walls need a fresh coat of paint to brighten the wall

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Nairobi, Kenya
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

The museum opened a very educating exhibition of the evolution of human kind and mammals. Quite nice is the reconstruction of 'LUCY' to explain our origin.

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