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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 19 Attractions in Addis Ababa
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Nairobi, Kenya
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94 reviews 94 reviews
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

The museum is worth seeing to learn about Ethiopia's recent, violent history. However, it is quite small and can be easily covered in an hour.

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Addis Ababa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Here you see history of what happened during the military regime. The tour is very informative. The remains of the victims of the genocide could scare you and disturb you. The statue of the mother who lost her sons then just outside the museum made me want to cry ...As the location is very convenient to the center of the... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

The museum and it's displays are a little simple. Fotos and a few artefacts. The very friendly guide did a very good job explaining time from emperor's fall to end of the terror regime. He was himself a victim at the time (all coming for free! hoping a donation is given at the end)

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Horley, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

It is very small and does not explain the history although extremely disturbing and tragic. Not recommended

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Perth, Australia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

The museum is quite small, but it sets out the history of the Derg from 1974 to 1991 very succinctly. Not all the displays 100% clear, but the important part is you are able to absorb and reflect on the tensions of that period. Seeing the photos of the many Ethiopians who disappeared and lost their life by the brutal... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

I wrote a slightly negative review a couple of years back mainly because the person showing me round asked for money at the end. However, I went back this trip as I was in the bookshop next door and had some time to kill. It is a very good museum - simple, well curated, chilling, and incredibly sad. The focus... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

But it's really not worth all fuss. It's ok,I guess,but nothing is explained,the writings are lacking, and you don't really understand the story and horror the happened between those years.

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San Francisco, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

If you like history then you cannot miss the Red Terror Museum. Many people know about the Ethiopian famine during the 1980s, however few people know about the genocidal Red Terror during this same time period where 500,000 people well killed. The tour guide who gave us a free tour was also amazing with frightening personal experience of this horrific... More 

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Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

I found the presentations could have been more clearer. Just a few days earlier I had been at the Rwandan Genocide Memorial and that was an equally disturbing subject, but had been displayed in a well-considered and well-presented manner. I came out of the Red Terror Memorial still a bit confused about the timeline and the people involved. In my... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Good presentation of part of the history of Ethiopia in the last decades. The people of nation suffered of the communist rule and paid too much blood and freedom.

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