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National Museum

Address: King George VI St, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Phone Number: 111 117150
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Ranked #7 of 21 Attractions in Addis Ababa
Type: Museums
Owner description: This museum’s greatest treasure is the partial skeleton of "Lucy," a tiny human believed to have...
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Type: Museums
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: This museum’s greatest treasure is the partial skeleton of "Lucy," a tiny human believed to have lived over three million years ago.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Important info where we all come from - that is in the basement. Check upper floors for insight into preset - interesting modern arts.

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Kfar Aza, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

An excellent museum just because of Lucy and her other friends that are located at the basement floor. It nice to watch a woman aged more than 4 million years, at least her bones. The other floor showing the history of Ethiopia and Haile Selassie are also interesting but less than Lucy. Anyway, I would recommend this museum as one... More 

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Nokomis, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

'Lucy, you got some 'splainin' to do sad Ricky Riccardo to his wife, the immortal Lucille Ball. This museum has the real Lucy, almost 4 million years old. and her the exhibit e 'splains' a lot about our history in clear and memorable language. It is a superb introduction to humankind's fossil record. I am an anthropologist and used to... More 

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

Although it is not as historically interesting as the Red Terror Martyrs Museum, it is worth the trip just to see Lucy and the other archeological items on display.

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Bangkok
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207 helpful votes 207 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

The museum shows exhibits on 4 floors, of course most visitors are drawn to visit Lucy which is shown on the basement where also the human evolution is explained with many good exhibits. The other floors are worth a walk through, there are the massive throne of Haile Selassie, garments and other items from the royal era, pottery, weapons, traditional... More 

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

It's built up to be all around Lucy & to be fair that's probably where you'll spend most of your time as, despite the main attraction being hidden in the basement, there is a replica and plenty of commentary around the evolution of different species. The narrative has clearly been written by a fluent english speaker which is nice -... More 

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

Very good especially the Lucy's part - rest needs better layout and work. Lucy restaurant is also great and charming. A huge turtle walking on the museum lawn. Unbelievable scruffy and dirty toilets without doors and working water... unfortunately.

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Coimbra, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Good surprise, the area where Lucy's casts are exhibited was renovated by a german consortium and is well organized.

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Okinawa, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Excellent and a lot of history we learned!! The entire underground section has may stories about archeological finds in ethiopia and the first floor has video showing about it more in detail. Great place to visits in addis city tour.

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Launceston, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We had a great guide which definitely helped but this is one museum you should not miss. Read up on you history and you will appreciate it much more. There are a few levels but definitely do the ground level and lower level if you are running out if time.

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