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Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum
Ranked #1 of 72 things to do in Addis Ababa
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Reviewed February 28, 2012

Fascinating museum with a large range of powerful and moving images relating to the Derg period. It would be useful to read more about the historical / political context in advance of visiting, but the curator was helpful and explained the significance of various items on display. Unfortunately, he also asked us for money at the end of our visit so he could ''replace his broken glasses''.

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Reviewed February 27, 2012

The museum is great. It's well presented and gives a lot of information of the Derg period and the years leading up to it, causes etc. But it's pretty harrowing. There is one room which has a recreation of a mass grave, and the skeletons of victims who were dug up are in glass cabinets. It's totally depressing to see the bones all just shoved in. Skulls in one glass cabinet, leg bones in another...it's like they never even belonged to a person. It's so sad.
The guides are great. They speak English well and really do add to the experience. Entry is free but they do request a donation as they don't receive help from the government to keep this running. There are some really interesting artefacts, like a printer which was used to make anti-Derg leaflets, which was hidden for twenty years before being dug up again.
It's conveniently located near Meskal Square, at the end of Bole Road.

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Reviewed February 10, 2012

We went here the very last day of our 26 days in Ethiopia - it was very sobering after meeting all these lovely, gentle, kind people during that time. I had some fore-knowledge of the troubling time the country had gone through after reading a couple of books prior to my trip, but the museum and guided tour really added gravity to it.

Depending on your frame of mind during your time in Addis/Ethiopia, I'd recommend visiting this museum to see the dark side of the country's more recent history. It's fairly small and doesn't take a ton of time from your day. It's free, although the volunteers running it do ask for a donation before you leave if you are so inclined.

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Reviewed February 6, 2012

The museum is situated just off Meskle Square on Bole Road so it easy to get to from where evr you are staying in the city. There is no charge however, a donation box is adjacent to the door as you leave. A guide gave us a brief introduction and said he would be around should we need him any further. There was plenty to photographs and articals to look at. Some of the old photogarphs have been blown up so much that they are slighty distorted but you can still get the essence of what it is showing. A guide did talk us through a good two thirds of the museum, in which we learnt more than we would have done on our own. As I said in my title review. I found the museum to be very intresting and factual, however a little onside towards the current government. That said though I think it is worth a visit if you are in Addis.

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Reviewed January 26, 2012

This musuem was built recently to remember the victims of the Derg regime and visiting this museum by any visitor and by the those survivors bring back the memories of those days atrocity by the Derg regime. It clearly shows how the red terror massacre many young people of that generation. It is built with meaningful architect and quite interesting place to visit. Tourists should leave Addis Ababa without visiting this museum. It clearly shows the evils of human being and it will give a big lesson not to happen in another place in the world in the future.

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