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Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum

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Address: Bole Road, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Phone Number: +251- 11-5156197
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A humbling and moving visit

This museum collects the bloody history of Ethiopia which leads visitors through a shocking and chilling experience. I had little prior knowleage of the 80/90s dirge and I was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This museum collects the bloody history of Ethiopia which leads visitors through a shocking and chilling experience. I had little prior knowleage of the 80/90s dirge and I was shocked by the events that took place over this time period. For a small fee you are assigned a very good and English speaking guide who tells of the horrors that... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

The museum is small and free (donations welcome on exit). Moving exhibits charting the genocide committed by the Derg (1974-78). Not for the faint hearted - piles of skulls, bones and clothing of those who were executed. Exhibits include equipment used for torture.

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Nieuwegein, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

indispensable if you want to learn more about recent history of Ethiopia (visit will take you less than one hour, but memories will remain much longer ... !). Small but very poignant exhibition in non-government museum (close to the Stadium/Meskal Square). Nice bookstore next doors.

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

I was shocked by the knowledge I learned about why it's named the Red Terror. You'll leave there wanting to know more about the events that happen during that time. Its interesting

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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Very few people know what Ethiopians have gone through from the second world war to the early 1990s. This museum is a tribute to the Ethiopians that fought and died for the cause of having a democratic and peaceful country. It is a must see. The guide, whom had suffered himself family losses, took us through a very rough and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Very welcoming staff. The security guard and the reception staff were friendly and happy to see a visitor. The museum was quite quiet with only one couple arriving whilst I was there. Modern building with well laid out exhibits and displays. Some of the exhibits could be a little upsetting - they are certainly thought provoking. There is no entry... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

The museum really connected visitors to the lives and stories of the victims of the red terror - in a very personal way.

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

This monument is something you should do in Addis. Non-Ethiopians generally have no idea about the war with Eritrea, the Derg, Mengistu and the Red Terror. I learned about it reading Thomas Keneally's book 'Toward Asmara' many years ago and I never forgot about it, so was compelled to come here. Utterly chilling, typical of so many horrors in Africa's... More 

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

This was an impulse stop one Sunday afternoon and it turned out to be a very somber but enlightening experience. The story of the times of "red terror" here in Ethiopia was well documented and included forensic evidence such as skeletons and clothing of those who suffered the worst of fates. Though it makes you reall sad to hear the... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Very informative. The museum is small , but well put together. Reading the captions to the photos as one goes around the museum sends chills down your spine like many similar exhibits in Rwanda, Cambodia or Poland.

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Address: Address: Bole Road, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Phone Number: +251- 11-5156197
Location: Africa  >  Ethiopia  >  Addis Ababa

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