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National Museum of Ethiopia

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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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King George VI Street, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
+251 94 380 2658
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I would rank this as THE top museum in Addis just because of Lucy. It seems the Etnological museum is worth visiting, but we decided on this one and the Red Terror Martyrs museum. Happy with these choices.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The museum is an interesting place to learn about evolution. It was especially exciting to see Lucy and other early humanoid skeletons. Although Lucy wasn’t as complete as i thought she’s be, it was still an eye opener to see the first ever discovered humanoid....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank ryank1975
Reviewed 5 days ago

The basement is the star of this show. FAscinating and extremely well explained. Very evocative and educational.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 6 days ago

There was a lady with grey hair at the desk at the entrance who takes the money for the tickets. She and all the other people there were soooo helpful when we asked questions about Addis Ababa and where to find things. Thank you to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank EMEAHead
Reviewed 6 days ago

The highlight of this museum is the replica of the 3.5 million year old skull of 'Lucy'. Her discovery in 1974 proved that our ancestors were walking earlier than we had thought.There are also some interesting stone statues of females. The museum is laid out...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Lesley M
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This place is a main attraction in the city. Start downstairs with Lucy if you wanna best the crowds/school kids. It’s affordable and easy to navigate. The Lucy restaurant next door has great food that’s varied and has a nice atmosphere.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Like most museums in Addis, this one is also particularly run down. Nevertheless, seeing Lucy (and Ardy) is well worth it. I also really enjoyed the art gallery.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank GarethKZN
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a replica, but the real stuff its actually in Addis in a vault. Interesting museum to know a little about the history of Ethiopia. And also it's soooo Cheap!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ericcm3721
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visit Addis Ababa National Museum with Blackite Tour, It was exiting. I visit the fossile of Lucy & Ardy, and many cultural dresses of Ethiopian peoples.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank blackitetour
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

At times the lighting was poor, and the interpretitive signs were not always translated or even present. It seemed like the museum is under-funded based on the condition of the displays and the building. Nevertheless I am very glad I went. I learned a lot...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Corinne D
February 3, 2018|
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Response from eusebiodeiana | Reviewed this property |
I was told by my guide that it was a replica..... the real Lucy is in a much safer place.....
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Jenny A
November 11, 2017|
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Response from tony r | Reviewed this property |
No but if you Ask they might be able to store it somewhere for you but personally with all the security checks getting in I’d say your better leaving it at your hotel
April 14, 2017|
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Response from 524trip | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the National Museum is open all days of the week including public holidays!