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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This was the main reason for visiting, and this part of the museum is well presented - a logical exhibition of movement to the species we are now. Of course 'Lucy' is the world famous exhibit but there are a number of others that add clarity. The rest of the museum is worth a walk round, with some interesting early... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We saw a great swath of Ethiopian history from the remains of "Lucy" to the monarchs to the cultural aspects of this fascinating country.

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Khartoum, Sudan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Many of the items were not actually historical but the legitimate antiques were impressive. I would recommend viewing the Emperor and Empress's throne, clothes and crowns.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Loved the way the museum is organised. Lucy is the star attraction of the museum, but other exhibits particularly the one's about Ethiopian history and culture are also very good!

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Vienna, Wien, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

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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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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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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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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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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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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