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Ethnological Museum

Algeria St Piazza Haile, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Ranked #4 of 20 attractions in Addis Ababa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

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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Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I spent about 5 days in Addis visiting a number of sites and I thought the Ethnological Museum provided the most comprehensive overview of the culture. To clarify, the Ethnological Museum is located in the Addis Ababa University campus, and it is different from the National Museum which is located about 2 km south of the Ethnological Museum. If you... More

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

This museum is located in Haile Selassie's old palace on the campus of Addis Ababa University. It was really neat how they converted his old home into a museum. The first floor is where you buy your tickets (don't forget that there is a foreigner versus native fee. When I went in 2/2014, the cost was 50 birr). If there... More

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