The National Museum of Ethiopia (NME), also referred to as the Ethiopian National Museum, is a national museum in Ethiopia. It is located in the capital, Addis Ababa, near the Addis Ababa University's graduate school.
The museum houses Ethiopia's artistic treasures. It contains many precious local archaeological finds such as the fossilized remains of early hominids, the most famous of which is "Lucy," the partial skeleton of a specimen of Australopithecus afarensis. Recently added to the basement gallery is a display on Selam, found between 2000 and 2004. This archaic fossil is estimated to date to 3.3 million years ago.
|Monday||9:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Tuesday||9:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Wednesday||9:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Thursday||9:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Friday||9:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Saturday||9:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Sunday||9:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
John Graham | Feb 23, 2018
Nice but generally basic museum covering paleontology to modern times. Nice displays on ancient mammals and the ascent of man, including replica of Lucy's bones. Basic and not very interesting displays on ethnicity and royal clothing. Some nice artefacts from Axum era. Watch for the big Opmec head from Central America on the front lawn, how did that get there?
Bradley Cook | Oct 1, 2017
Great place for adults to enjoy but leave the kids at home with a babysitter. Very educational and the guide is very friendly, speaks English well enough, and will gladly answer any questions you may ask. Children will become bored very quickly and want to leave because of the amount of historical items that generally get a short lecture in front of each piece. Beautiful garden in the front with a large tortoise that you can feed lettuce leaves. All in all good time.
Esam Al-Makhzomi | Feb 26, 2018
An amazing museum! I enjoyed being there
Lorraine Singleton | Jan 30, 2018
I enjoyed my visit to the Godambaa Biyyoolessa Museum. I wish there were more dust free incasing for all artifacts.
Michael Waichinga | Jan 8, 2018
Being the National Museum, I found it to be a bit shallow on the history of such a culturally rich nation. The museum is as well quite small and other than the fossils, the other displays are unimpressive. On the flip side, entry fee is very minimal giving no reason for anyone to skip a tour.
Peter Yong | Apr 2, 2018
Got to see "Lucy" up close and learned more history about Ethiopia. Some displays of previous king's items. Small museum and not well lit for some of the displays. Cheap entry fee, 10 birr.
Bart Van den Bosch | May 10, 2018
Interesting to visit, but old and old fashioned. The artifacts deserve a better presentation.
Abu Sayeed Golam Moula | Apr 20, 2018
its one of the best place in Addis to see & get knowledge about the history of this country & most specifically for archeology....loved the place....
Lynne Gazit | May 23, 2018
Went 2x and electricty was out......ahhhh! This is your National Museum! Why no generator? The Lucy restaurant right next door always had full electricity and was very busy. Thankfully on last day in Addis the Museum had electricity and I was able to visit. Museum small, but some of the greatest findings ever, including Lucy. But please, put a generator in the museum. Some people wait a lifetime to see Lucy, and they make it to Ethiopia and there's no electricity, for me the third time was a charm!
Ross Batchelor | Jun 4, 2018
Interesting but mostly terribly labelled collection. The basement section on early evolution of humans is the best. You don’t need anymore than an hour.
Pratip Mandal | May 17, 2018
Has some incredibly rare exhibits, hope there is improvement in the displays and upkeep in the years to come. You can't complain with an entry charge of 10 Birr
Xassan Ahmed | May 20, 2018
Excellent exhibits in their originals. Must see Lucy mother of all civilizations
Jeroen Travel | Jul 13, 2018
Nice museum to visit. Although it is relatively small compared to many other national museums it has some very important fossils. Moreover text is in English.
Mule Bel | Jun 18, 2018
The National museum Ethiopia is a museum having a lot of historical Arts , crafts and ornamental collections including the ancient human fossils like Lucy you can visit and learn more . It's a museum where you can go and learn the ancient time.
Mayank Gupta | Jun 18, 2018
In dire need of renovation. Lucy is based here yes but honestly the exhibition is underwhelming and the provided information is extremely lacking. There is no tour and the artifacts around the museum were random and dotted about. Added to the fact the whole place felt dark and dated air wouldn't recommend visiting unless you are a big Lucy fan.
Elias Jemal | Aug 20, 2018
Ahad a great time there a nice museum to visit
Nuerkie Odzeyem | Aug 3, 2018
Was enjoyable but compared to the rich history of the country, the museum needs more products.
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