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National Museum of Ethiopia

National Museum of Ethiopia

Arada, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Category: Activities
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National Museum of Ethiopia

The National Museum of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa offers a comprehensive overview of the country's natural, political and art histories. Visitors can easily spend an full morning or afternoon here soaking in the "edu-tainment." A cast of the bones of the Australopithecus afarensis Lucy are here of course, but so is the throne of Emperor Haile Selassie, traditional tools and textiles, and displays about Ethiopia's different tribes. It's worth it to engage one of the Museum's guides on a tour. Their services are free, but tips are appreciated.


Prices -

Admission prices vary for locals, foreigners with residence I.D., and foreigners.

Hours -

Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


  • Special Tour Programs


  • Paleontology exhibits
  • Secular arts and crafts exhibit
  • Guided tours
  • Ethiopian art exhibits
  • Sub-Saharan archeology exhibits


  • What famous artifact does the National Museum of Ethiopia house?

    The Museum is known for being the home of "Lucy," the famous partial remains of 3.2-million-year-old female hominid bones. The bones were discovered in the Awash Valley of Ethiopia in 1974, and the archeologists who discovered the bits of skeleton named them after the Beatles' song, "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." Her scientific name is Australopithecus afarensis. In Ethiopia, she is known by her Amharic name, Dinkinesh, which translates to "you are marvelous."
  • What types of exhibits are on display?

    The National Museum of Ethiopia has 4 main areas. On the basement level are paleo-anthropological exhibits. The first floor is dedicated to the ancient and middle histories of Ethiopia, and includes artifacts from its royal leaders of those times. Art is displayed in the second floor, and includes traditional Ethiopian and contemporary works. There are murals and paintings from artists like Afewerk Tekle, the painter and stain glass artist. The third level of the Museum houses ethnographic displays.

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