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 museum has very good exhibits but it is not maintained at all. With a little bit of investment, this can become a very good attraction to visit.  more »
  • If you are not expecting much then you won't be disappointed. There is nothing spectacular about this museum. Visit only if you wished to kill time. There are much better museums.  more »
  • 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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