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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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Vienna, Wien, Austria
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Lucy storie, and I have seen more what I never know about Etiopia there. Our guide Samri best guide tourist in Ethiopia, tell as about evry things

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Cape Town, South Africa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Lucy is by far the greatest highlight. Not being much a fan of bones and fossils, Lucy and family were in interesting but I enjoyed the collection of crowns, cloaks and other imperial items from the royal era. The rest is filled with pottery, traditional items and artwork - worth a look. 10birr gets you in. It's a dated and... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The entry fee is very cheap. It is not well maintained. The display is not person friendly, as the text is font 12, and located on the ground, which makes reading the background very difficult. There are no guides or audio tapes to give more info. Many displays are empty. Except Lucy, there is no context provided to the odd... More

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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I think that is better to visit this museum at the end of your trip to Ethiopia because this place puts everything in the right context after long trip. Don't even think to visit without a guide, there are great young guides for 100 Birrs.

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Kampala, Uganda
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The main attraction to the museum is the small partial skeleton of possibly the first human being to have lived over 3 million years ago...including others such as the homo habilis and rhodesius... The museum is a home to several other cultural. ..social and political relics. .. The small size of the museum makes the whole outing pretty short and... More

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Dongguan, China
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101 reviews 101 reviews
32 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This is not a large museum and can be seen in an hour or two. It's worth the time. Some exhibits are in need of TLC, but there is a lot of history on display. I went to see Lucy, but enjoyed seeing the wide variety of artifacts. A good stop.

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Khamis Mushait, Saudi Arabia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
27 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

If you wish to see some historical artifacts, this is your place. I went out of a feeling of necessity to visit Lucy, the worlds oldest archeological 'human'. The place is poorly taken care of, poorly lit, etc. But, there are some real treasure here.

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New York City, New York
17 reviews 17 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

If you go there you will need someone who knows the area...or maybe just take a taxi. It is not far from Addis Ababa University, but it is better for most to take a taxi there. I went there with a person from Addis Ababa. It was amazing the amount of items there. It ranged from prehistoric artifacts to royal... More

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68 reviews 68 reviews
9 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

You can see the nearly complete skeleton of this young woman who was a very early hominid on the chain leading from ape-like creatures to modern H.sapiens. She may not be your direct ancestor and she is no longer the oldest known Austrolopithecine, but she certainly made a stir when she was found. She is nicely and very simply displayed... More

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92 reviews 92 reviews
45 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is a very nicely organized museum. We went to see Lucy. A good deal of exhibitions here on two floors of the museum. Because of limited time we went through quickly. The cost was $10 USD per person.

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