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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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Very interesting museum

Whilst appreciating you are in Africa, this is a fascinating museum and well worth a couple of hours visit. It gives an excellent insight into the rich history of both the people... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Manama, Bahrain
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I am conflicted about reviewing this museum. On one hand I want to give it a good rating because you get to see a replica of Lucy and Selam, but the rest of the museum is pretty bad and not worth visiting. In fact, it is dusty, dirty, and poorly organized...almost dilapidated. No signs on most items, poorly kept items,... More 

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Tilburg, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It was a rainy day. Since we like to visit museums we went to the national museum. I am sorry it isn't so very impressive. Ok, we saw Lucy and some beautiful very old artefacts but all together mainly bones were shown

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Detroit, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A competently modest museum that lacks a general sense of coherence. Given the dearth of actual tourist attractions in Addis, a trip here is obligatory if not exactly essential.

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Epping, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Meeting Lucy, the 3.2 million-year-old mother of humanity is priceless. One of the best attractions in Addis Ababa. Highly recommend.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Loved to see Lucy. A nice museum with clear explanations and good examples for African standards. Friendly staff.

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Manama, Bahrain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Whilst appreciating you are in Africa, this is a fascinating museum and well worth a couple of hours visit. It gives an excellent insight into the rich history of both the people and the country that is Ethiopia. For anyone who has a penchant for anthropology it is perhaps an even more worthwhile experience and with a little imagination one... More 

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

the museum is located in the central Addis Ababa. the building is a three story building and there are different type of attraction in it. cultural, historical,archaeological and religious artifacts display there

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Fortaleza, CE
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was really impressive to see "Lucy", our ancestral, in person. The oldest skeleton of a woman whose specie probably all humanity came from. The museum is simple but incredible educative. We had a guide who accompanied us explaining many details about Etiopia. It was a wonderful experience.

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Casorate Primo, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The top are clearly the bones of Lucy and Ardi, it is amazing and fascinating being in front of our grand-grand-grand-parents. And also the remains of prehistoric animals are interesting. In the other halls a glimpse of everyday life in countryside and some nice paintings from Ethiopian contemporary artists

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

i was expecting this Museum is the place for that, all the people can understand what Ethiopia looks like, because as the name shows the national it means that about all the nations of Ethiopia of course it has some about the last emperor of Ethiopia which is Good and Lucy. But i always expecting that the model of all... More 

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