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  • Address: Algeria St Piazza Haile, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am to 5pm
  • Admission: Birr50

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Ethnological Museum Tours

The former palace of Haile Selassie — former Emperor of Ethiopia and icon of the Rastafari movement — is today the home of the Ethnological Museum. Considered among the best museums on the African continent, the Ethnological Museum takes an unusual approach to showcasing its collection of art and artifacts. Instead of dividing things based on geography or historical period, the collection is organized by life cycle. 

The first section highlights infancy and childhood with information on birth rites, children’s tales and childhood games. The segment on adulthood includes artifacts and information on Ethiopian religion, medicine, warfare, art and culture, while the final area includes burial structures and tombs, with insight into post-death beliefs.

Other galleries in the museum include the living quarters of Haile Selassie, a collection of religious art and one of the largest collections of icons in the world.

Practical Info

If you’re going to visit only one museum in Ethiopia, make this the one. Consider planning your visit at the beginning of your trip for a sweeping overview of Ethiopian history and culture.

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Addis Ababa City Tour, Addis Ababa, null
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Addis Ababa City Tour

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Take an 8-hour tour of Addis Ababa City with guide. See several points of interest and landmarks. Enjoy the convenience of hotel pickup and drop-off.

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.00
Museum Highlights Guided Day Tour in Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa, City Tours
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Museum Highlights Guided Day Tour in Addis Ababa

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As a nation with more than 3,000 years of age and 80 Ethnic groups, Ethiopia is rich in culture, history and heritage. In just 8 hours, this comprehensive ...  Read more

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.00
Addis Ababa Guided Walking Day Tour, Addis Ababa, Cultural Tours
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Addis Ababa Guided Walking Day Tour

Addis Ababa is the vibrant diplomatic capital of Africa. Founded in 1886 by Emperor Menelik II and his wife Empress Taitu, it is today a political and ...  Read more

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $65.00

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