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Address: Algeria St Piazza Haile, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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A place to visit in Addis

The Ethnological Museum is a must see museum in Addis reflecting the rich history of Ethiopia. It is located in Sidest Kilo within the city of Addis Ababa.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The museum is a part of the University of Addis Ababa a former Palace (a bit hidden in Addis, however there a multiple entrances to get to the museum). The museum is first presenting the history of the Palace and the transformation to the current museum. Upstairs a very interesting overview of the different ethic groups in Ethiopia presenting the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Ethnological Museum is a must see museum in Addis reflecting the rich history of Ethiopia. It is located in Sidest Kilo within the city of Addis Ababa.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When we first arrived the power was off and everything was dark. So we decided to come back the next day. But while we had a little break outside the power suddenly came back. So we went in. The cashier lady was very friendly and gave us the student price (50 instead of 100 birr) although we didn't have our... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In the grounds of the university, this museum was shabby and in desperate need of renovation. But it is a worthwhile, broad introduction to the life and culture of the country, including the minority tribes. There was a video playing of bull jumping whilst we were there which was an interesting insight.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum is located on in the former imperial palace of Haile Selassie, which is part of the current university. The area is quite pretty and the building itself is essentially a nice mansion from about a century ago. My guide rushed me through a bit, but it was an interesting museum with a good look into the many cultures... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Ethnological Museum is housed in the former palace of Haile Selassie and offers an overview of life cycles of various peoples and tribes of Ethiopia, including rites of passage, marriage ceremonies and living arrangements.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Totally worth visiting. If you are going to see the Omo valley tribes, there is a good exhibition that will give you an introduction to some of the tribes.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great place to visit to learn about Ethiopia's rich ethnic diversity. There are some really interesting exhibits covering local crafts, regions and people. It used to be the residence of former emperor Haile Salassie and you're able to see his bedroom and bathroom. Certainly worth a visit.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum, now serving as the Ethiopian Language Studies Library and Ethnological Museum, was the residence of Emperor Haile Sillassie. It is very well displayed and a great place about the cultures of the people of Ethiopia, and history of Ethiopia. It is located in the 6 Kilo Campus - Social Science Faculty of Addis Ababa University

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I had the great fortune of being in Addis for business and wanted to see some of the history and culture of the country but I only had an afternoon and I was on my own. My hotel arranged for a trusted taxi driver to take me around for a flat fee. He also went with me inside the museums... More 

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