Addis Ababa Museum
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Cassandra Tesch
Berkeley, CA40 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
My favorite part about this museum is its location, perched on a hill overlooking the skyline of the city. This is a small museum that does pack in cultural artifacts and historical references to the city. I enjoyed my brief visit here and the walk around to see the city below. Getting here was a little bit tricky as we are not from here, the taxi driver couldn’t quite figure out the entrance, since it is not well labeled, but after asking a few people, we finally figured it out.
Written January 3, 2024
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HafezIV
Beirut, Lebanon3 contributions
Aug 2019
If you are interested in the history of Addis Ababa, from its foundation in 1886 until today, this is the museum you must visit! The history is chronologically very well explained and supported with valuable photographs from all periods and items used in the past. This museum is a must visit and it is definitely underrated.
Written August 31, 2019
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Abipharm
Lagos, Nigeria104 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
Lucy, the oldest human fossil ever discovered, was the center of attraction in this museum. The history of Ethiopia and its leadership is also well preserved in this museum.
Written June 22, 2019
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era1021
Budapest, Hungary17 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
We visited the museum with a guide. The entrance fee is cheap and I’d say worth visiting. You get to know their history before heading different area of Ethiopia.
Written June 16, 2019
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,920 contributions
Feb 2018 • Solo
Small museum with an entrance on Meskel square (not at the rear as on Google). Learned that Addis is a relatively new city, only founded in the 1880s. In the early 1900s it still looked more like a settlement. Igl a Swiss technical advisor played a significant role in development of the city and was a confidant of Menelik II. I liked the photos of the earliest stone buildings and the people.
On the second floor there is modern Ethiopian art. I was struck by three outstanding sculptures made by Girma Kidane in 1958. The paintings were less appealing. You better visit one of the galleries in town for good quality.

Entrance fee 50 Birr for foreigners.
Written February 24, 2018
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Asamenew Shimeles
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia49 contributions
Mar 2017 • Solo
Visiting Addis Abeba Museum will give you more information about the historical background of Addis Abeba. It is located next to Meskel Square (The City Center)
Written December 31, 2017
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Madhumbe
London, UK192 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
Ethiopia has got so much history and I enjoyed every minute I spent in this museum
And of course Lucy was the main attraction for me. But the evolution of all the other animals on display was interesting.
This museum holds some very precious artefacts therefore the building could do with some refurbishment/upgrade which would place it in its rightful place globally.
Written October 17, 2019
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Alison1123
Gex, France109 contributions
Jun 2019
It has to be said that for those used to top curated museums, the Addis Ababa museum could prove a little frustrating. While there are many interesting photos and artefacts, there is not always a natural 'flow' of information that leads one through Ethiopia's long history or adequately explains its rich culture.
Get beyond that though, take your time and I promise you will find much that is of interest. Fyi, for non-Ethiopian residents there is a fee of ETB50 (approximately USD2).
A couple of additional points. Firstly, there are no guided tours provided by the museum itself and so we took ourselves around. Whether one might enjoy a visit even more as part of an externally organised tour group, I'm not sure. So perhaps worth asking other Trip Advisor reviewers who have done so. Secondly, it is very close (100 metres) to the Red Terror Martyr's Museum which is very definitely worth taking in at the same time.
Written June 19, 2019
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Mani B
Maputo Province, Mozambique30 contributions
Jan 2018 • Family
It's centrally located in Addis, walking distance from UNECA, Raddison Blue and not far from AU and Mexico Square.
You'll be able to learn more about the great history of Ethiopia.
The center of attraction is obviously the 'Lucy', which you can take a picture and show your friends.
Good for you, if you have a few hours to kill.
Carry your passport for entry ticket.
Written October 4, 2018
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Martha M
2,462 contributions
Sep 2018 • Solo
                         Addis Abeba museum is located at Meskel square along red terror museum.Its entry fee is 10birr for adult Ethiopian and 50birr for foreigners.This musuem is equiped with different artifacts,pictures which shows how Addis Ababa was prefered to be a capital city of Ethiopia at that time.How Addis Ababa grew from time to time.And factors which affect its growth.
                      I have seen different royal clothes which were worn by hierarchies,Holy crosses,book written in Geez which were retrieved by custom personel from smugglers,Birthday gifts from different states for Addis Ababa's 100 year birthday.I have seen rifles/from France,Sweden,Austria,Hungary/which were used for the battle of Adwa,Currency of Ethiopia starting from Aksumawit dynasti till the reigm of Derg/Coin meanted  by Gold,Silver,Salt bar,...italian Lire/
                     I feel like this musuem is not equiped with alot of information about Addis Ababa.It does not say anything on how it was discovered by former king of Ethiopia Abrha we Asbiha/The two king brothers of Ethiopia during Aksumawit dynasty.King Sayzana did built church of St.Mary,Monastery of St. Michael.The monastery of St.Michael was too old when Emperor Minelik order to keep the replica of the Arc of St.Michael monastery in the new built church Yeka St.Michael church at Yeka subcity around British Embassy. King Sayzana did make his palace at Yerer.Furthermore,I did not see anything which states that Addis Ababa used to be called Finfine by nomad settlers who  claim  that Finfine was a small city before it was named Addis Ababa by Queen Taitu.
               And I have seen a gap on the charter which shows the former cities of Ethiopia starting from Yeha,Aksum,Lalibela.........It did not states that Yerer was the capital city of Ethiopia during the rullers of the two kings Ezana and Sayzana. Adwa and Mekele were also once the capital city of Ethiopia  during Emperor Yohanis the fourth.
               I am sure in the near future these gaps will be filled through intensive research and evidence.And I feel like muesums in Ethiopia should work with Ethiopian orthodox church for alot of history and evidence are found in this church through the language of Adam Geez.
              During my visit at the musuem I have got the chance to see the paintes of  an artist.
Written October 3, 2018
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