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Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum

Address: Bole Road, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Phone Number: +251- 11-5156197
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Ranked #1 of 21 Attractions in Addis Ababa
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Toronto, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

I think it is important place to visit but also very depressing. But we all should see what happened so maybe there will be less chance that history will repeat.

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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This is a private museum that tells the story of a not well known and terrifying part of Ethiopian history. Everybody should see it....

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 reviews 4 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

The museum is quite small but is unforgettable if you let one of the volunteers guide you round it. They have their personal experiences of this appalling period of Ethiopia's history. Self-financing so do make a donation.

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Antwerp, Belgium
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

I visited the museum in the late afternoon by 5 pm. I enquired about a guide and got a man guiding me, bringing a very vivid story of the events. Both his brother and mother died during the dreg regime. He was tortured himself, but somehow managed to Find a perfect balance betweeen his personal experience and the objective facts.... More 

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Bangkok
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15 attraction reviews
206 helpful votes 206 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This small must visit museum addresses mainly the rule of the Derg - the communist military junta led by Mengistu - and its abominable crimes against its own people during the time of the Red Terror in 1977-78. Photos with names of the victims are shown, the exhibits are explicit, sad, gruesome but necessary to document the Red Terror properly... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

a decent museum tackling a difficult subject, but really brought to life by the guides who will happily show you around. It's free with a donation box at the end to contribute to the running costs. Interestingly a local lad outside described it as propaganda

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Nairobi, Kenya
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65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Will not silence Mengistu and his tiny band of supporters, but will give them something to rebut. Free admission. The library, upstairs, needs replenishing and weeding.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

If you know about Ethiopian history you will really like it. Grim but very moving. Highly recommended.

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Palo Alto, CA
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

This is a must see if you want to understand the country between 1974 after Haile Selasse until 1991 when the communist party was kicked out of power. Not a "fun" museum, but very impactful and tough to stomach.

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Rockwall, Texas, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

When I arrived no one was at the front desk. A girl near the front door pointed me to the left, and off I went. There are certainly graphic photos and intricate details, but as someone unfamiliar with the overall story, this museum didn't do much for me. I finally caught up to the guide in the very last room... More 

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