AThe 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."
AThe 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.