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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National Museum of Ethiopia Reviews
Museum itself is not so special but respect the effort. Lucy was nice to see and the floor with local art was definitely worth seeing. more »
I visited this important museum whilst on a transit visa ( less than 24 hrs) with my husband. With Addis Ababa being the major hub for Ethiopian Airlines quite a lot of tourists transiting to some oth... more »
Excellent museum in Addis Ababa that is cheap to enter. Expect to find historical artifacts from the Ethiopian Empire and bones from the hominid Lucy ~3.9 million years ago. They also have an Olmec head donated from Mexico. Amazing that the originals are on display with minimal security and there are priceless paintings on the top level with no glass protection
Loved my time here and the fact that I got to see Lucy was amazing! The staff here is very friendly and knowledgeable! Not very expensive to visit either.
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