National Museum of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa

3.5
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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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  • Educational and memorable. Better with the guide. Don’t miss Lucy - first discovered human. Visit authentic restaurant beside. But be aware that most of food is very spicy. Try to avoid the bathroom.  more »
  • It’s an amazing experience to see our ancestors from 3m years ago. The lower floor is brilliant but we found d the other floors less interesting.  more »
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  • Small and dusty, but with some interesting artefacts on display . A good lesson for those interested in humanity origins. Definitely a place to visit when in Addis. If you stay in Sheraton it is a nice walk. Very cheap access. There is an art exhibition on the top floor. Go there. You will return home smarter
  • A very simple museum but a must visit as this is where you get to see "Lucy" - the 3.2 million year old skeleton. There is a very good English captioning for exhibits so you don't really need a guide to come here. There is also a nice restaurant (Lucy) right next door.
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