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The National Museum of Ethiopia in Addis ababa  

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The Ethiopian National Museum is one of the documentation about the culture of the Nation from prehistoric until the present. It provides also technical advice to other Museums throughout Ethiopia. 1936/37 and during its 56 years of existence it... more has changed its location three times. At the beginning, it was located at the national library, and then it moved to the lounge of the National Bank. Finally it moved in the old building of the present compound which was formerly the ministry of foreign affairs. Since 1999 the Ethiopian National Museum, displays its collection in the new building which was purposely built for it! At first, the National Museum started displaying a few collections donated by the royal family and their close associates. At present, the National Museum displays numerous artifacts mainly from archaeology. The national museum of Ethiopia has ethnographical, traditional and contemporary art exhibits and historical relics. The present exhibition halls are divided in four sections: 1. The basement is devoted to paleontology and prehistory. 2.  The first floor displays culture items from ancient, medieval and contemporary Ethiopian societies respectively. 3. The second floor is devoted to traditional and contemporary Ethiopian art. 4.  At the third floor visitors have good opportunity to see the mosaic of ethnographic records of the country.   We also have … Ø  The Institute of Ethiopian Studies (IES) Museum Ø  Entoto Museum Ø  St George's Cathedral museum Ø  Merkato (an open market) Ø  The holy trinity museums …      
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The first measure taken in Ethiopia towards safeguarding the nation’s historical and cultural heritage was when archaeological research began in collaboration with a French team of scientists. Due to the continuing research, they arose the need to organize an institution... more to preserve and exhibit the collections. The National Museum of Ethiopia was established in 1944 and began its activities by exhibiting a few archaeological collections as well as some ceremonial costumes and ethnographic objects. The museum gradually improved and developed, in the course of which it transferred to the building where it is located today. One of the major objectives of the museum is to present selected artifacts worthy of exhibition using the best display techniques available as a means of both education and enjoyment for the general public. Exhibits of the National Museum are presented under the following four main sections: Paleontology and pre-history: Lucy and other fossils including stone tools; Historical and archaeological findings that depict the early history from the pre-Axumite times to the 16th century AD; Ethnography: traditional and ceremonial costumes, jewelery, etc., reflecting the diverse cultures of the various ethnic groups; Modern Art: selected paintings and sculptures from different Ethiopian artists, such as Maitre Artist Laureate Afework Tekle. Almost every object has a written description so that visitors can learn about the nation’s rich history. Besides its regular services, the museum organizes special tour programs for students and interested groups on request. The museum also controls the export of historical and cultural relics abroad, i.e. it investigates the souvenirs purchased by tourists and other visitors in order to protect the heritage from being exported. A special section of the museum is authorized to manage and examine the historical value and purity of the objects to be exported.
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This Museum has a wide variety of exhibits on three floors, telling stories from pre-historic, ancient and modern times. Of particular interest is the "Lucy" skeleton (found in 1974, named after the Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"... more and said to be 3.2 mill years old) and displays from Haile Selassie's time on the Ethiopian throne. Opinions vary on this museum. Some think it's great. Others see it is not very professionally done. The basement floor with Lucy is the best in terms of display. If you only have time to do one museum in Addis most would agree that the Ethnological Museum inside the main AA University campus at Sidist Kilo - ten mins walk north of the National M, is more professionally presented (also takes longer to see!)
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