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Address: King George VI Street, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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+251 94 063 7476
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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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Our son of seven liked this place so much we visited it twice. Besides Lucy and some very interesting skeletons (or parts of), the museum offers also a inside in Ethiopia's... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Veerle V
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Ghent, Belgium
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Dublin, Ireland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

...but the museum itself is very disappointing. Surprised that no effort has been made to develop this as a major tourist attraction. It's more like a very basic storage room than a museum. It has great potential to be developed.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

For 10 Bir you can't expect much. Some expos and explanations of excavations. Seems that museum kNew better times.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This museum is a must see on a vist to Addis Ababa expecially to see Lucy. "Lucy is a hominid from the Australopithecus afarensis species. She lived in Ethiopia 3.2 million years ago, stood upright"

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Helsinki, Finland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited the national museum on friday morning. Cheap tickets and a lot to see if you are interested in fossils, old dresses, skeletons and so forth. The museum is quite tidy and spacious, with a lot of stuff, but nothing really exciting except Lucy.

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Ghent, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our son of seven liked this place so much we visited it twice. Besides Lucy and some very interesting skeletons (or parts of), the museum offers also a inside in Ethiopia's history. It is really worth the visit!

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is interesting especially when you are interested in 'early life from humans'; in the basement of the museum are nicely explained the excavations and interpretation of the bones from early homonids, "Lucy" and "Ardi". First floor is showing interesting items (clothing) and artifacts for different parts of Ethiopa (history). Next floor is paintings, old and new from Ethiopia,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'm sort of a history buff & enjoyed my time here. It cost 10 birr to enter and most people come to see the remains of Lucy which is on the lower level. Trust me there is so much more to see. I had a guided tour which looking back was not necessary & the guide came with price tag... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well anyone coming to Ethiopia must cost the national museum and look at "Lucy". Even though the place is maintains poorly, you can clearly experience the genesis of modern humanity.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was my first visit to Addis Ababa & I passed god time in Holy trinity Cathedral and national museum

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While this museum is rather small and dusty, it has several interesting exhibits for anyone making a tour of Ethiopia. We visited both before a 2 week trip of northern Ethiopia and after and found it informative both times. The lower floor exhibit on human evolution is very good and not to be missed. On the ground floor don't overlook... More 

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