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Ethnological Museum

Address: Algeria St Piazza Haile, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Ranked #4 of 19 Attractions in Addis Ababa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

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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Kampala, Uganda
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This little museum has been curated in a very interesting way, following the different stages of life. Exhibits are very well presented and informative with some great information about Ethiopian culture, displayed through a good range of exhibits. TIP: this is not the easiest place to find. You need to get to the the University campus and then go right... More

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Dhahran
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

a good visit to this museum on a wet rainy afternoon in Addis! no cameras allowed/flash. different prices for locals and tourists which isn't a problem.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

The museum is very nice, much better than the National museum. It has English explanations, but even reading all of them, it shouldn't take more than 1-2 hours. No guide was needed. The location of the museum is in Addis Ababa University campus (go in the main entrance and than straight ahead, you can't miss it). It is sometimes marked... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

As a first time, visitor to Addis, I learned more here about Ethiopia than I did anywhere else. It's a great place to start your trip. However, one of the city's frequent power outages forced me to cut short my visit...and the condition of the toilets was dreadful. Basic cleanliness is not too much to expect at what is supposed... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Well worth a visit - lots to see, and lots of useful, interesting information panels to read... they set the scene well in terms of summarising the main points of each area covered.

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Israel
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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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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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