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Address: King George VI St, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Phone Number: 111 117150
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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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Worth a short visit

The bottom floor that holds the remains of Lucy is amazing and everything is well documented; the rest of it can be skipped.

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

it is good to go and see as there are very few museums in Addis Ababa but there is a poor conditions of the small colections

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kigali
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

The bottom floor that holds the remains of Lucy is amazing and everything is well documented; the rest of it can be skipped.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

apart from the Lucy exhibition and other fossils discovered there is nothing to see in the museum. There are other floors with medieval times and some paintings but rather dissapointing. Worth a stop only for the basement exhibition of fossils

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

We expected much more from this museum - parts were certainly interesting, especially on the basement level which charts palentology history in Africa and includes the cast of Lucy, but it could be much more interactive. The other levels were quite disappointing - some lovely art work on the 1st floor though.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

I was deeply impressed by the methodical display and passionate guide who took me and my group through the small but informative museum. I was impressed by the careful care of the remains of Lucy, the oldest human remains on the African continent.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This museum is a gem. It is now the home of Lucy, the hominid discovered in Ethiopia. There is a replica displayed which shows you how small this creature was. The great aspect of this museum is the display of various hominid discoveries that comprise our ancestors in a chronological setting. Quite impressive, and far better than the Olduvai Gorge... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Incredible objects portraying the cultural heritage and history of Ethiopia but poorly displayed and not doing justice to their significance

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

It was interesting to see Lucy but the museum is small. There is a great cafe next door. Museum would be better if they had headphones or gave guided tours. The entrance fee was cheap, though.

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Maldon, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

I was expecting more of the National Museum. It is quite small, and many of the exhibits have absent or poor information in English. For me the most interesting section was the modern art upstairs.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

A small museum by most standards - four small floors of exhibits - but worth the stop to see some of the earliest artifacts of man. Not terribly well lit, and some exhibits poorly labeled, but the basement exhibit with the history of man was actually quite well done and described. The bones of Lucy are just replicas, but you... More 

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