Museums in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

National Museum

Ethiopian National Museum

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The National Museum

The National Museum which is known for its paleontological and archeological collections dating back over millions of years houses "Lucy or Dinkinesh" the famed paleontological discovery as well as the recent finding Homo sapiens Idaltu.

The Entoto Museum

This museum accomodates the ceremonial attires of Menelik II and his consort Empress Taitu. In addition, the emperor's crown and Persian carpets are among the few displayed items. The drum that announced the march to Adowa battlefield againt the Italian invaders and the bed Emperor MenelikII used before he came to Addis Ababa are among the collections of the Museum.

The Zoological National History Museum

The Arat Kilo Science Faculty campus of the Addis Ababa University has a sizable proportion of taxidermies that represent the wildlife resources of the country. The treasury of the cultural heritage in most cases comprises of endemic wildlife and bird species of Ethiopia.

The Ethiopian Postal Museum

This museum accomodates a collection of stamps used since the turn of the 19th century. The museum also facilitates philatelic literature for readers along with catalogues to offer vital information to visitors.

The Addis Ababa Ethnographic Museum

Located in the old imperial palace of the late Emperor Haile Sellassie, this museum comprises the emperor's "bedroom" and some other personal gifts presented to the emperor that mostly reflect European culture. The Museum captures the heritage of the past and present. It shows traditional art and the material culture of the peoples, nations and nationalities of the country. The reception hall also hosts ethnographic items of more than eighty language groups.

The Addis Ababa Museum

This was once the residence of Ras(count) Biru, the defence minister of Emperor Menelik II. It accomodates significant culutural items that reflect the growth and development of the city. Photographs that depict the progress of the city and weapons used during the battle of Adowa are on display.

The Permanent Exhibition of the Ethiopian Tourism Commision

This Exhibition hall displays the history of mankind from its origin to present and is open through out the week but on holidays. It tries to transport everyone through a few of the many atmospheres of Ethiopia in order to witness the incredible variety of scenery, people, tradition and culture. It shows tourist points of inerest such as interpretation of a prehistoric cave, a room of an Axumite palace, a portion of a Lalibela church, a Gondar castle area, etc.

The St. George Cathedral Museum

As the name implies, this museum, which is found at the heart of the capital, displays costumes of spiritual leaders and emperors, crosses fashioned in different styles, religious books written on parchments and severla other cultural valuables attached to Emperor Menelik II and the victory of the battle of Adowa.

Source: Excerpt from Facts About Ethiopia,2004  pages 145-149

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