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National Museum of Ethiopia

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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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King George VI Street, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
+251 94 380 2658
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All reviews million years national museum human evolution bottom floor the main attraction visit lucy three floors lucy restaurant on display worth a visit interesting artifacts entrance fee rich history haile selassie basement skeleton fossils
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Good information for its size. There was a tour guide that had just started explaining the artifacts so we tagged along. Worth visiting if you are in Addis.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Secil K
Reviewed yesterday

This public museum has a fee of 10 Birr per person. The place is in 4 floors fullof information. The best one is the one in the basement. You will learn a lot about the evolution of man and animals. It is worth visiting. They...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank tripplanner001
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had 2 visits to this museum. The first was getting to know Lucy with a very interesting layout and finding out there are older remains. The second visit i really looked at the paintings on the third floor. Just fantastic art work although I’m still...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Interesting displays of hominid history and Ethiopia and African sites and examples. The modern Ethiopian culture was well representd

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank trevorc93
Reviewed 3 days ago

Even if you’re only transiting in Addis for a few hours, take time out to go see Lucy and Selam. The basement with the fossilised remains of the early hominids are goosebumpy to see. Selam is dated 3.3million years old. The history of our life...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank AnuGummaraju
Reviewed 4 days ago

It's a simple museum and probably not more than an hour, but very nice and a relaxing way to spend an afternoon before/after a meal perhaps. At the entrance fee (10Birr for foreigners), it's worth it more than once, I imagine. The Lucy and other...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank KJRtravel
Reviewed 5 days ago

For a national museum, this was a bit of a disappointment. The ground floor displays some assorted pieces of clothing and the huge (and not beautiful) throne of Haile Selassie and the upper floor more modern pieces. The really worthwhile part of the museum, hwoever,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Tracy K
Reviewed 5 days ago

Probably the best area of the museum is in the basement, where a French government-funded project has ensured that the anthropaleontological specimens have been very well presented. The rest of the museum is of mixed quality. You might miss the postcards on sale if you...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Professional-Pilgrim
Reviewed 1 week ago

For its collection this should be the best museum in Ethiopia, but, unfortunately, it disappoints. The exhibits are poorly lit and incoherently displayed. The significance of exhibits are not explained. With the exception of segments of the basement devoted to prehistory (and the famous Lucy...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Dunepig929
Reviewed 1 week ago

It seems like a must visit museum when you are in Addis. Surprisingly, the place is free to enter. You are able to see remains of some prehuman creatures, like Lucy. Also there is an exposition on Ethiopian cultural heritage, which was quite interesting to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Corinne D
3 February 2018|
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Response from eusebiodeiana | Reviewed this property |
I was told by my guide that it was a replica..... the real Lucy is in a much safer place.....
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Jenny A
11 November 2017|
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Response from tony r | Reviewed this property |
No but if you Ask they might be able to store it somewhere for you but personally with all the security checks getting in I’d say your better leaving it at your hotel
14 April 2017|
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Response from 524trip | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the National Museum is open all days of the week including public holidays!