National Museum of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa

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A center of history and culture in the capital, National Museum of Ethiopia charts not just Ethiopia's, but humankind's ancient legacy. Established in 1958 from the country's archaeology institution, the museum now sprawls across three floors, presenting many of the nation's artistic collection, alongside ancient relics of some of the first known-hominids and ethnological artifacts from across the centuries. Don't miss the main exhibit, "Lucy", showcasing casts of the skeleton of a 3.2 million-year-old female hominid discovered in the 1970s to worldwide acclaim. English-speaking guides are available. Make National Museum of Ethiopia part of your personalized Addis Ababa itinerary using our Addis Ababa vacation builder tool.
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  • the best place to see the the pre-history and ethnography of the country, even if the museum is distinctly dated - so worth seeing. Other things to see there also, but not everythings merits close.....  more »
  • Spent a very pleasant couple of hours in the museum, as part of a tour with Ethiopian Discovery Tours. Started with a trip to a superb espresso bar (the oldest in Addis Ababa?) before the museum. The....  more »
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  • Small museum but has a couple of must see items. It's also very cheap to visit so if you have an hour and are in Addis Ababa you should check this place out. Be sure to see the famous Lucy skeleton in basement
  • Some great paintings and photos from history. Exciting building externally, but may need a bit of an update internally
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