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Ethnological Museum

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Address: Algeria St Piazza Haile, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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The exhbition of Ethiopian icons is superb

Addis Ababa is not a place to visit for its museums. But the top floor of this museum is a gem for any art lover. This floor was organized by an Italian team, and they did an... read more

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Addis Ababa is not a place to visit for its museums. But the top floor of this museum is a gem for any art lover. This floor was organized by an Italian team, and they did an excellent job. The development of the Ethiopian Christian icons from the earliest known today (15th century), through the 16th-18th century is explained clearly... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

a very visual museum with a lot of objects, but the only explanations you get are from very long and boring texts. don't go if you only have limited time in Addis.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

One of my best days in Addis was spent here. I learned about Ethiopian lifestyles from childhood to death. I was moved in Emperor Haile Selassie's bedroom and also Empress Menen's.

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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a great museum to visit in Addis. The insights into different tribal groups throughout Ethiopia were fascinating, as was the artwork displayed on the top floor. My kids (ages 12 & 14) were mostly bored, but those with some greater interest in Ethiopian culture might enjoy it. This is my top museum to recommend for folks visiting Addis.

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Thank msfour
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Ethnological Museum is very well put together, particularly for an African museum. Most exhibits are presented nicely. The various artifacts on display through the journey through the life of an Ethiopian is very creative. Worth a visit.

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This museum has some good displays on the various ethnological groups in Ethiopia and history. Some good art as well.

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Reviewed 17 April 2017

We found this place extremely interesting as you coluld have a glimse into the life of the Emperor Haile Selassie and his queen! You can se the bed room and even the toliet and many uniforms of this little but important man of the country. It gave us a possibilty to return back some decades of time. And don't forget... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

This museum is a hidden gem as it is way less popular than the National Museum. But if you are interested in learning about the many ethnic groups in Ethiopia and the history of the Ethiopian people, this is the place to go! Lots of artifacts there to see and also great descriptions in Amharic and English.

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Reviewed 11 April 2017

This has some interesting exhibits and is worth spending an hour or so looking around. The displays are in English and are nicely laid out. The art and music exhibitions on the top floor were very impressive.

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Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

Informative and set in the University ground. You will get a good feel of the culture and is a good way to prepare for other out town site visits

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