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Ethnological Museum

Address: Algeria St Piazza Haile, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Ranked #4 of 38 things to do in Addis Ababa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Mount Kenya National Park, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This is a well-organized museum with sufficient information posted for a self-guided tour. This museum is a must for anyone intersted in historical, anthropological, or religion-related topics in Ethiopia. A quick visit to the bed and baths of Emperor Haile Selassie and Empress Menen was an interesting bonus though not too exciting. However, it was pretty cool to see some... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The Ethnological Museum (on the University of Addis Ababa campus) is wonderful. The exhibits are well displayed with excellent explanations in English as well as Amharic. And upstairs is a marvellously colourful display of icons (with some very funny explanations) and Ethiopian crosses. The musical instrument section is also very interesting. Make sure you don't miss seeing Haile Selassie &... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We almost missed the Ethnographic Museum because we had such a short time in Addis. Luckily we were able to speed through a few things on our last day and make it there before closing. Although not as big as European museums, this is the biggest museum we went to in Addis, with the biggest variety in its collection. They... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Nice display of Ethiopian culture and discussion of different areas and peoples that make such a varied experience in seeing this country. Emperor Haile Selassie and his Queen have their bedrooms and bathrooms on display. Don't miss the musical instruments.

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Puyloubier, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Good visit to do before going for a tour in Ethiopia. It helps to understand the country you are going to discover.

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West Hempstead, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

A must! This museum displays the history and culture of Ethiopia in a great way through its different cultural groups and tribes. The displays are very well organized and the building itself is fantastic!

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Hobart, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

This is a great museum. Unfortunately the day I was there the power was off so I could not see all the exhibits - but that's Africa! Well laid out with good explanations.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

For those who like to understand the history and development of the countries they visit, this is the place to go in Ethiopia. Located in the University in the former palace of Haile Sellasie, it has both friendly and helpful guides, and extensive written explanations to go with the displays. Highlights were the displays on Ethiopian childhood and the still-intact... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

From childhood to death you follow Ethiopian way of living. Take your time and read information and you will better understand the country you are in.

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Valparaiso, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Take the time to see this museum if you can...it provides a rich cultural and political history of Ethiopia. The displays are somewhat shoddy compared to European standards, but look beyond them to learn about Ethiopia.

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