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Address: King George VI St, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Phone Number: 111 117150
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Description: This museum’s greatest treasure is the partial skeleton of "Lucy," a tiny...
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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It is almost compulsory to visit Lucy whilst in Addis

Start in the basement where the exhibits are displayed in a meaningful way and visit Lucy so you can see what all the hype is about. Upstairs they seem to have run out of steam... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Start in the basement where the exhibits are displayed in a meaningful way and visit Lucy so you can see what all the hype is about. Upstairs they seem to have run out of steam and enthusiasm, so ten minutes here is enough. They have missed a golden opportunity by not having a museum shop which would help fund the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

even though this museum is small but it has a very good collection of items from Ethiopian heritages

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Pretty small museum, if you spend an hour you have plenty of time. Make sure you visit the lower floor to see Lucy. Do not forget to explore the garden around the museum.

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Oakham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We can only be impressed by an opportunity to meet Lucy, the iconic early human ancestor specimen that walked the Earth 3.2 million years ago. A short brochure placing Lucy in the family of man and offering insight into when and how she was found would have been useful. I would have happily paid for such a reminder of a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

So much history in this museum. Quite humbling. A must see. Costs only 10bir to enter. 4 floors of mind-blowing historical accounts

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Visited the National Museum last week. Really enjoyed the timeline and information about the history. Lucy is the star of the show - and there was not much else really. Recommended for a quick visit. On your way out you can also see one of the first cars that was driven in Ethiopia (a Ford)...

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

I visited the museum. It reflects some image of Ethiopia. However, Ethiopia has a lot of things which are not displayed in this museum. I believe the museum building has to be changed with a new and a big one.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

I badly wanted to go to this museum although I knew Lucy was only a replica. Overall, it was quite interesting but, as I went on my last day in Ethiopia, there weren't many new things for me. I was only surprised by Haile Selassie's throne, which is impressive. I got an English-speaking guide and I don't recommend it at... More 

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

The museum is relatively small, not very nicely set up, dusty, and generally underwhelming. The main attraction is of course Lucy, which can only be SO attractive as a replica of a monkey skeleton... Go instead to the Ethnographic Museum!

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

I went to this museum to see Lucy and was wowed by all the exhibits. It took me three hours to go through the exhibits. English signage was great. I am so glad I did this at the beginning of my Ethiopian trip.

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