Ethnological Museum Tours

Ethnological Museum
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.
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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Museum Highlights Guided Day Tour in Addis Ababa

Get a comprehensive overview of Addis Ababa's museums on this full-day guided tour. Journey through more than three millennia of history and learn about the country's more than 80 ethnic groups. Visit the Holy Trinity Cathedral Church, the National Museum, St. George Cathedral and Museum, and the Ethnological Museum. Round-trip transportation from Addis Ababa hotels included.
  • Duration: 6 to 8 hours
  • Duration: 6 to 8 hours
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Addis Ababa City Tour

Explore the vibrant neighborhoods and historic landmarks of Addis Ababa on a full-day tour of the city’s must-see destinations. See the richly decorated interior of Holy Trinity Cathedral, then trace Ethiopia’s long history through the Museum of Ethiopia. After lunch, explore Haile Selassie’s former palace, now the fascinating Ethnological Museum, and go deep into the traditions of Ethiopia’s diverse communities. Return to the country’s vibrant, colorful present in Merkato, a renowned marketplace where vendors offer bright displays of fabric, handicrafts and produce from around the country.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Addis Ababa Guided Walking Day Tour

A walking tour is a great way for first-time visitors to get their bearings in the busy streets of Addis Ababa. Follow your guide to top city sights including the National Museum of Ethiopia, the Ethnography Museum, and the Merkato. Lunch at the Lucy Restaurant is included as a midday pitstop.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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6 Days Nothern Ethiopia Highlights Tour

This tour goes to the main touristic destinations of Northern Ethiopia! You visit all just in 6 days.
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Duration: 6 days
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Private Full Day Trip and City Tour in Addis Ababa

Our Addis Ababa sightseeing itinerary will starts in the morning at 09:00 to explore Addis Ababa tourist attractions. Up on meet up and get introduced with King Dawit Tours Ethiopia team and have a short introduction.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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omo valley tribes

Omo valley for the untouched tribal groups such as: The Mursi known for their lip plate, Hamer, Dassenech, Tsemay, Benna, A’ari, Gamo and Dorze people.
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Duration: 7 days
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