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Address: King George VI Street, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Phone Number: 251940637476
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This museum’s greatest treasure is the partial skeleton of...

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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The "Lucy Gallery" a highlight

We were fortunate to be taken on a tour of the museum by a highly knowledgeable, articulate and engaging guide who brought the exhibits to life and enhanced the experience 100... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Riyadh Province, Saudi Arabia
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13 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lucy located in the basement level and the most archaeological info and fossils too. Don't forget to visit the basement please. The other levels are average in content and info coordinating with.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Lucy is absolutely the high point of the collection. She is 3.1 million years old and looks the part. Don't be thrown off by the uninspiring setup and dull lighting because the museum show what an ancient civilisation Ethiopia is. Use a guide because there is hardly any explanation at the display cases. The basement is an exeption to this.... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a free trip provided by Ethiopian Airlines.. Museum was alright with lot of history around evolution of humans and animals post Lucy... also has artefacts from various wars fought with Italian.

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sydney,australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We were fortunate to be taken on a tour of the museum by a highly knowledgeable, articulate and engaging guide who brought the exhibits to life and enhanced the experience 100%. He answered our myriad of questions with considered answers. The basement gallery with Lucy and many other amazing exhibits was the highlight.

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Warsaw, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Actually if you are interested in species (mamals) and human origins you should reserve minimum an hour for basement very informative exhibition. But you need time there to study all info Paintings & sculptures on the first floor is small, some good objects - would have gained a lot if there was any chronology, artist information or description. On the... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I expected more and found that there was little explanation for the exhibits. I think of you go see if there is a guide available to provide context for what is on display.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to this museum to see Lucy and although the building is basic, the exhibits were very interesting. Recommended if you are interested in history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very rich museum. They have not been able to display all the items with equal detail. But they are working on it. Particularly, if you are interested in Paleo-Anthropology, you must go to this place. They have renovated the basement section old bones and fossils. Ethiopia has some of the oldest human skeletons... the most famous of... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Going to be honest and say that this is a poor effort for a national museum, especially since Ethiopia is a country steeped in thousands, if not millions of years in anthropological history. The exhibits are laid out like student projects in a college hallway and are not particularly interesting, save for the hominin exhibits in the basement, including the... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a must see place in Addis as artefacts takes us to the root of mankind, especially with the skeleton of LUCY. You feel emotionally taken as you see these historical artefacts.

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