National Museum of Ethiopia - Photos by Muluken Girma, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
The National Museum of Ethiopia is one of the most important museums to visit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The museum is most famous for its rich archaeological collections which includes the fossil remains of Lucy (3.25 million years old and the oldest hominid) and some of the most ancient stone tools human kind ever made.
The museum has four floors which are categorized as follows: -
- The basement is exclusively for archaeology and evolution of humans
- The ground floor displays a number of historical artefacts from the Axumite Dynasty (the time that the earliest civilization of Ethiopia began at which dates back to the 1st Century BC to the 7th Century AD) to the time of His Majesty Emperor Haile Sillassie (1930 - 1974)
- The first floor is where different religious and secular paintings and sculptures are shown at
- And, the second floor (which is also sometimes used for temporary exhibitions) where visitors can see daily use house, agricultural, fishing, hunting, musical utensils and costumes of the different ethnic groups of the country are displayed
Entrance fee to the museum is 10 Ethiopian Birr (~ 0.5 US Dollars) per person