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National Museum

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Ranked #6 of 21 Attractions in Addis Ababa
Type: Museums
Traveler Description: This Museum has a wide variety of exchbits on three floors, telling stories from pre-historic, ancient and modern times. Of particular interest is... more »
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

There are no explanations in English aside from the "Origin of mankind" exhibition, which was nice but doesn't have much to do with Ethiopian National History.

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Fullerton, Ca, USA
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93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Wanted to view "Lucy" material first hand, so the visit was worth it to me. Rest of museum has exhibits and information comparable to what one would reasonably expect. I enjoyed a brief "walk through" of the entire museum, with extended stops and longer discussions with our private guide on things that were of more interest to me. Basically equivalent... More

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Silicon Valley, CA
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62 reviews 62 reviews
7 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

I expected a more modern facility to house Lucy, but the aging museum is par for the course for a developing nation like Ethiopia. It's not fair to compare the museum to ones in New York, London or Paris. A museum guide accompanied me on my tour. You could tell he was proud of the artifacts housed in the museum... More

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Bradford, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Ethiopia is the home of the famous 'Lucy', the actual skeleton is not on view to the public, but there is a full size model at this Museum long with numerous other fascincating artifacts. An excellent way to spend a couple of hours.

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

It was interesting to see Lucy but the rest of the museum was not very interesting. There are some exhibits that are labeled with "tools" or "weapons." It would have been better if the labels were more descriptive. I would skip this museum if you don't have much time in Addis.

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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182 reviews 182 reviews
19 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

You are in Ethiopia, one of the least developed countries in the world. So, it should come as no surprise that their national museum doesn't have the same kind of budget as the British Museum, the Louvre or the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. So yes, the building needs maintenance, the lighting is dim and not all of the exhibits... More

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Bamako, Mali
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84 reviews 84 reviews
36 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

For a national museum, I felt a little sad seeing this facility. Obviously they have little or no budget as the exhibits are dusty, sometimes labeled with handwritten slips of paper, and the lighting is poor. That being said, it holds some fantastic exhibits including the famous 3 million-year-old skeleton of Lucy (along with bones and artifacts from every other... More

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Nuenen, The Netherlands
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

If you are in Addis Ababa you should take an hour or so to visit the National Museum. There are some interesting ancient artifacts to admire, but top attraction of course is Lucy, named after the Beatles song Lucy in the sky with diamonds. Lucy is a species walking on two legs, 3,2 million years ago!!!!! She is the world's... More

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Austin, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

There are some amazing treasures in this museum -- but because the history of Ethiopia is so ancient, incredible, unique, and broad, I feel that this museum is not what it should be. I long to see the government display the artifacts here with more pride, and to do more bragging about the many cultures here. I recommend a visit,... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Another must if you are at all interested in our human origins. Well organized. Most informative. The history of Ethiopia and Us told in a series of exhibits engagingly structured.

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