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Ethnological Museum, Addis Ababa

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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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  • This museum gives some insight into the culture of the Ethiopia but the exhibits are just average. Visit only if there is time.  more »
  • I spent a couple of hours walking around and reading all the interesting history and stories about Ethiopia and the region around. Great place but I do hope they give it some more attention. Needs...  more »
  • I am giving this museum a full five star... ! this museum is telling the whole story about Ethiopia and its people. Interesting is that they show pictures of relics which are a property of the V&A museum in London. They are still working on getting this museum to higher standards. (btw, location at the university campus is beautiful). The last emperor lived in this building and all of his rooms and his wife's rooms are very well preserved.
  • Nothing much to see but was fairly interesting. Not really worth all the hassle of getting to it. Taxi drivers had no idea where it was and nor did locals we asked. Lot driving around.

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