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Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum

Bole Road, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
+251- 11-5156197
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Ranked #1 of 20 attractions in Addis Ababa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
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Vienna, Austria
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

with the voluntary guide the museum delivers a very comprehensive overview, with impressive demonstration material and many pictures. not too much to read. doesn't take long (30 min). and no entry fee. it delivers a history I never heard about before.

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Seattle
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

This exhibit was heart wrenching. Reminiscent of the Killing Fields of Cambodia. I went in alone, but later my friend came and the man from the desk showed her around, telling his story about being imprisoned, tortured, and having loved ones killed during the Derg. Then the nightmare really hit home. It is important to know what people have gone... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

This is a great little museum. The images of the Red Terror period are astounding and there are incredible artefacts ranging from armaments and items of clothing to the skulls and bones of people who lost their lives. Like many Ethiopian museums, it's pretty thin on explanation so I'd recommend reading an overview of the Derg period before your visit... More

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

It is a very sad Museum. Red Terror took place in Ethiopia between 1976 to 1989. The military communist government in Ethiopia was trying to consolidate its power during this time and in the process started a systematic massacre of anyone they deemed opposition.It is a museum to commemorate this part of Ethiopia history where thousands of young people perished.

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Bay Shore, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We received a tour in English from a survivor of the Red Terror. It was a very informative and heartbreaking account of the recent history of Ethiopia.

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

I heard about this part of Ethiopia's history from different sources, some were friends' personal stories, but seeing is believing! Incredibly moving, couldn't stop my tears.

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North Berwick, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Maybe I get more out of reading about thngs than seeing visuals since I found the latter disappointngly poor and not in anyway able to bring over the horror of the time.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

A touching memorial of a trying time in Ethiopian history. This is not for the faint-hearted though, with real human remains of the madness that was Mengitsu's Red Terror. An absolute must for those resolute enough to endure these displays.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

This was the very last thing we did in Ethiopia. Incredibly moving. Very sobering. You will not want to do anything else but go somewhere quiet and reflect after you have been to this memorial. Having a guide who had been imprisoned during the Red Terror days and a driver had watched his family get torn apart during this time,... More

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Leatherhead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Small museum, very well worth a visit. Tells the story of Ethiopia's "Killing Fields" and more. The guide that I had in the museum was himself tortured by the Derg, and his brother was shot by them. Dispels some of the myths about the previous regime as well. Guide was excellent, the visit itsef was very moving. No admittance fee,... More

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