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Ethnological Museum

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Address: Algeria St Piazza Haile, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Phone Number: +251 92 074 7162
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A good guide to the ancient history of the region

This is an inexpensive museum with an excellent English speaking guide which gives a good insight into the history of the Ethiopian people.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an inexpensive museum with an excellent English speaking guide which gives a good insight into the history of the Ethiopian people.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is the place to visit if you want to understand Ethiopian peoples and cultures. The display of music instruments is very interesting, as well as the stories in the main gallery. Located in the university compound, it was not so easy to locate but is much worth the effort.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I loved this museum. On the contrary to the National Museum there's lots to see here. It explains about the history of Ethiopia, about the different tribes their cultural and it has a lot on display and it is all explain on boards so if you don't mind reading you don't need a guide to get around. I spent aprox.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Of course, Lucy is the drawing card, but of even of more interest are the informative archaeological displays of a country with a long standing history. Also very well done are the regional displays illuminating local traditions and dress. Information is well presented and providing a broad understanding of Ethiopian customs.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

One of the fun things about this place is that it's housed in one of Haile Selassie's former palaces. Anyone interested in history (or learning) will enjoy this. You'll also be on the campus of Addis Ababa University, which is very pleasant.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

We visited here on the first day of our trip and found it very interesting. The exhibits are well organised following a full life cycle. Helps you to understand the diversity of the Ethiopean peoples. The museum is housed in the old palace of Haile Selassie in the grounds of the university. If taking a taxi ask them to take... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

The museum should be the national museum and the first museum in Addis to visit. Located in Addis Ababa University (Human/social science) and extraordinary Museum in Addis.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

You can find the famous Lucy inside, just for that is already worth the visit. Then all the information and organisation of the museum is worth to pay a visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Wow, so much to look at!We really enjoyed wandering through this museum with its fabulous collection of religious art, various ceremonial objects, crosses etc but also enjoyed taking a peek at the royal bedrooms and their bathrooms.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

This museum is located at Addis Ababa University and it is so worth the visit. Each region of Ethiopia is represented and each display is very well documented. If you are living in Addis, this is a must see because the museum artifacts help explain the different cultures throughout the country.

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