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Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum

Bole Road, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
+251 11 515 6197
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Moving experience with guides who experienced it first hand.

Well worth the visit. This museum tells of the downfall of Emperor Haile Selassie in 1974 and the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Douglas L
Shocking

Reminded me a little bit of my visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau in as much as it is a chilling reminder... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Roddy B
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“recent history” (27 reviews)
“dark period” (8 reviews)
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Bole Road, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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+251 11 515 6197
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Well worth the visit. This museum tells of the downfall of Emperor Haile Selassie in 1974 and the rise of the Derg. The Derg led by Haile Mengstu a low ranking military officer who purged his rivals using armed civilian illiterates who terrorized the educated...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Reminded me a little bit of my visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau in as much as it is a chilling reminder of man's inhumanity to man. Also a fascinating insight into that period of Ethiopian history

Thank Roddy B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum had a lot of interesting pictures, but they were very disturbing, so this is probably not a place to take young kids. We had read up on the recent political history in the country so were interested in learning a little more while...More

Thank Satinder H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Located, at the center of Addis Ababa at Meskel Square, this small museum is good one to learn about the SAD HISTORY of especially the Derg (the military Government of Ethiopia from 1974 to 1991). The museum displays photos with information how the time was...More

Thank Muluken G
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Every one, regardless of race or religion should visit this small museum. It is a remainder of brutality and horror committed by fellow men in a name of ideology.

Thank mhg20182018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very good museum, lots of information, artifacts, and art related to the red terror. One portion of the museum included human remains, may want to be vigilant if sensitive to this.

Thank Mkmk345
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is by sheer chance that I one day discovered this small, unassuming (from the outside) but yet powerful (by the story it tells) museum on Bole Road off Meskel Square. It is the striking statue of three wailing women in the museum's courtyard, which...More

Thank JKaninda07
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Reviewed June 12, 2018

I would really recommend a visit to the Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum if you are in Addis - it really is a piece of history that needs to be acknowledged and remembered. The Musuem is located just off Meskel Square. It is worth taking...More

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Reviewed June 10, 2018

One of the best museums in Addis, do a bit of reading up on the derg before you go and it will make a lot more sense! (or make use of the people there and ask questions!)

Thank carrot57
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Reviewed June 7, 2018

The exhibit is informative. It's just tough to read and get the full story. It takes some devotion to detail. Perhaps it can't be an exciting presentation because it depicts such sadness and suffering. It should be seen (and read). Plan something else with it...More

Thank Conrad S
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Yayanazemi
July 7, 2018|
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Response from James W | Reviewed this property |
Depends on traffic. Off peek 20 min. Rush times 30
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IsabelleW90
March 19, 2017|
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Response from josorb | Reviewed this property |
I have been informed by Ethiopian colleagues that the museum is open daily from 08:30 to 17:00. Its really worth a visit.
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July 8, 2016|
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Response from Vito G | Reviewed this property |
Our visit with a guide lasted less than an hour. Of course it can be longer if you spend more time at each panel.
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