Ethnological Museum, Addis Ababa

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#3 of 19 in Museums in Ethiopia
See the imperial bedroom and a variety of tribal heritage at Ethnological Museum, a former imperial palace of Haile Sellassie detailing the tradition of Ethiopian nations. More than 80 language groups are represented in an impressive collection of artifacts, well laid-out and detailed in period settings. Tour the collection, considered one of the best in Africa, and deepen your understanding of the country's layered history. Eastern Orthodox saints painted on wood, elaborate censers, illuminated medieval books, cowry shell jewelry, woodwork statues and carved stones, folk instruments, and exquisite neck rests show the full complexity of traditional life and culture of Ethiopia. Make Ethnological Museum part of your personalized Addis Ababa itinerary using our Addis Ababa trip itinerary builder website .
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  • when i went the ground floor and -1 level were the only floors accessible. Interesting in that Lucy is there and a lot of good info regards history of finds and techniques used by archaeologists etc -...  more »
  • This palace was beautiful and had a lot of really cool exhibits. We learned a lot about the history of Ethiopia. Definitely a great stop while in Addis Ababa!  more »
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  • The museum itself was great. 100birr per person. However the museum is located within the university, which would have been fine if the guard at the gates didn’t insist on keeping my partner’s ID. Given all we had given him was a driver’s licence. But if we hadn’t brought that along, we would have had to give him a passport. This guard just sits at the gate, not even slightly secure behind a counter, there was no technology to photocopy the ID and he insisted on hanging onto it. I was incredibly unhappy with that and had left a sour taste as we headed in. What was worse was when we decided to let him keep it, we came across a couple foreigners who told us they had taken a cab straight into the University and were not asked to present any ID let alone had to leave it with someone who had no way of securing it. We went back to the guard and demanded our ID back with those foreigners, and he still wouldn’t give it back to us. So, pro tip, if you want to go in, go with a cab, DO NOT walk in unless if you want to risk having your passport taken from you and just left lying around on a chair next to him where anyone could have just taken like we had seen most foreign IDs were when we left. I would not support the museum for this reason and I urge the university to change their policy. Photocopy the ID if you have to, but foreigners should not be handing in their passport just to enter the university.
  • Good collection of cultural artifacts. The displays could be better organized and the absence of a good gift shop is a missed opportunity. Worth a visit.
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