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Address: King George VI Street, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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+251 94 063 7476
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08:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 17:00
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This museum’s greatest treasure is the partial skeleton of...

This museum’s greatest treasure is the partial skeleton of "Lucy," a tiny human believed to have lived over three million years ago.

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simple but enjoyable

cheep and cheerful museum. Only need a quick visit to enjoy. Nice garden with giant tortoises in, worth a visit.

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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shanghai
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19 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I think this place needs context in general but overall I didn't find it that well presented. Like many here have said power went out for me while in the basement to see the Lucy exhibit

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South Bend, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a thrill it was to see Lucy who at one time the oldest human remains found in the world. To see Lucy is to understand how we evolved from the trees to who we are today.

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Longueuil, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The place to know a bit about history and Ethiopia. Even if not well organized, the museum is interesting.

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Thank claire20152015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was cool to see Lucy (the famous early hominid), but aside from this, it needs a lot of work. You don't really need to go here.

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

cheep and cheerful museum. Only need a quick visit to enjoy. Nice garden with giant tortoises in, worth a visit.

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Bogota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum consists of 4 floors - ancient history (including Lucy), 19th & 20th century history, art and tools. While you can visit the first floor on your own (as it has good descriptions in English of the exhibits, prehistoric Ethiopia, etc), you need a guide for the remaining floors. There's little to no description of the exhibits, which makes... More 

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Thank Henric F
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting museum and fascinating to see 'Lucy'! Also there's a very nice restaurant (called Lucy) outside the museum which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner - highly recommend!

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lucy and the other skeletons representing the origins of mankind are the star attraction. Keep in mind the "Lucy" on display is a plaster replica. There was no power during my visit, so I followed a group into the dark basement and they used their phones to see Lucy and the other replicas there. The top floor consists of more... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The National Museum is poorly set up by American standards. Most exhibits are poorly lit and few have sign displays to explain them. Of course, it's worth a visit to see the Lucy skeleton, and the other bones from various extinct animals are amazing to see.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I came to the musium to see Lucy, however suddenly electricity was cut off, and entrance was restricted. Then museum personnel was kind enough to let some people (mostly foreigners) in, and we were using mobile phones light to see objects displayed. I was prepared to electricity cut-off in Addis, and overall it was a kind of adventure to see... More 

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