We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Very interesting and important - well worth a visit.”

Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum
Ranked #1 of 73 things to do in Addis Ababa
Certificate of Excellence
Attraction details
Reviewed February 21, 2013

The museum is well organised if small but fascinating and very important in terms of understanding the history of Ethiopia and the 20 years of communism. I went twice. I congratulate this private initiative. Very important and very impressive collection and an excellent use of time.

Thank 235BenMc
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review
Reviews (617)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages

491 - 495 of 617 reviews

Reviewed February 12, 2013

This is a astonishing piece of history that can truly only be discovered by taking the guided tour here. I was led around by a gentleman named Bray. He was an actual victim of the dergue. His insight and knowledge bring this exhibit to life as he actually lived through this time. He will take a donation but is not pushy or intrusive. give yourself an hour for this tour, it is well worth it. Just walking around and reading will not suffice, if you truly want to learn about this time period in Ethiopia.

2  Thank mochaman340
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed February 11, 2013

This small museum is a sobering reminder of the horrors of red terror campaign by President Mengistu and the Derg regime. The photos of the victims are displayed, as well as a horrific display of the torture techniques that were used. The guide was a former prisoner, much like the guides used at the Robbin Island Museum in Capetown. An ABSOLUTE must during your trip to Addis, but be prepared.

1  Thank UNCBronze
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed January 22, 2013 via mobile

Definitely worth a visit, horrifying detail and an awful part of the countrys history, but good to know and the tour guide is a survivor and it is free with donations of whatever you feel it is worth on the way out.

Thank Travelbug8a
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed January 1, 2013

We spent about an hour at the memorial museum, guided by one of the museum's volunteers who had himself been imprisoned during the Red Terror era. It's not a large museum, but provides a fascinating insight into a period of Ethiopian history that we previously had no knowledge of. It's well worth visiting.

The displays are well-lit and labelled in both English and Amharic, though I would encourage you to seek out someone to show you around, as you will gain so much more information about each photograph / display. You're welcome to take photos.

Entry is free with donations welcome. It's easy to access - right next to Meskel Square - and we enjoyed a very tasty pizza lunch beforehand at the cafe next door.

5  Thank Laura S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum also viewed

 
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
 

Been to Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing