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“A must see attraction”

Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum
Ranked #1 of 71 things to do in Addis Ababa
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

This is a shocking place but absolutely worth a visit - what the Mengistu regime did was horrific, and this museum, privately funded by victims and their families, does a vivid job of informing visitors. The management are usually present to tell visitors first-hand experiences of the horrors from that period. Every bit as shocking as Auschwitz, even if on a smaller scale.

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Reviewed November 17, 2012

It's the tour guides that make this place -- each experienced the terror of the Derg themselves. History comes alive and this visit -- much like the Killing Fields of Cambodia -- helps you to understand modern-day Ethiopia.

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Reviewed November 10, 2012

For everyone who is going to stay in Addis more than 2 days and who is even a bit interested in history. This museum is very well organized and is very informative. I had no idea of Red Terror in Ethiopia and was shocking to hear of such tragic period of this country. We took a tour with one very enthusiastic guide. You could feel that he really wanted to share his history with you. How big was our surprise when we found his photo on the wall among other participants of demonstration against Red Terror. This guy doesn't play a hero but it is incredibly interesting to hear everything from his personal experience. He is very friendly, happy to answer all your questions and passionate about this museum.

Highly recommended!

Entry is free (as well as the guide) but donations are expected.

2  Thank guzTheGuz
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Good museum. Very moving. Good history on a difficult time in Ethiopia's past. I will go back to visit again.

1  Thank YeGoozo
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

You must see this powerful museum to a period of history that the world is largely unfamiliar with. Much like all holocaust-type museums, this museum focusses on the individual human tragedy caused by the Derg's reign of terror. There are haunting images of what life must have been like for the ordinary Ethiopian during the Red Terror. The key message seems to be reconcilation but never forget. The guides are often ex-prisoners of the Derg who are happy to give you all the detail you need.

1  Thank smackinlay
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