Museums & Galleries

Museums & Galleries in Addis Ababa

  • Addis Ababa MuseumBole Rd / Airport Rd / Africa Ave (near Meskel Square). Tu-F 08:30-12:30, 13:30-17:30; Sa 08:30-11:30.Focuses on artefacts and exhibits from Addis Ababa. The building was once a palace where Ras Biru Habte-Gabriel, a former Minister of War, resided.
  • Ethiopian Railway Museum.
  • Ethnological MuseumAlgeria St. M-F 08:00-17:00; Sa-Su 09:00-17:00. Also known as the Museum and Library of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies, this is a fascinating museum with exhibits about the history and culture of Ethiopia. There are many displays of the various ethnic groups found in Ethiopia with information about each of their lifestyles. Ethnic outfits, instruments, tools, and other artefacts accompany each ethnic exhibit, making it one of the most interesting museums in the city.
  • National Museum of EthiopiaKing George VI St (between Arat Kilo Ave and the University of Addis Ababa Graduate School).08:30-17:00. A world-class museum. The most famous exhibit is the replica of Lucy, an early hominid. With Ethiopian civilization being one of the oldest in the world, the artefacts within the museum span thousands of years, including some from its earliest days. A wide variety of artefacts are featured, from sculptures to clothing to artwork. Both traditional and modern art are featured.
  • National Postal Museum (next to the main post office). A small but good collection of Ethiopian stamps.
  • Natural History MuseumQueen Elizabeth II St. Tu-Su 09:00-11:45, 13:30-16:30
  • "Red Terror" Martyrs Memorial MuseumBole Rd(adjacent to Meskel Square). Daily 08:00-18:30. About those who lost their lives in the time of the Derg. Opened in 2010 with an excellent, modern style of display. Donation.

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