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Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum

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Address: Bole Road, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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+251 11 515 6197

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It's a summary of Ethiopia's harrowing past

If you are unfamiliar with Ethiopia's past, visit. It's fairly graphic, provides enough info to complement a base understanding of the political history.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
sven p
New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are unfamiliar with Ethiopia's past, visit. It's fairly graphic, provides enough info to complement a base understanding of the political history.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This harrowing museum is a must see to better understand this period of Ethiopian history that is little talked about openly. Having a guide (usually a former political prisoner) will give you deeper insights, as the layout of the museum could be improved.

Thank Shakeel P
San Jose, Costa Rica
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Memorial to victims of the revolution. Photos and artifacts from recent difficult period in Ethiopia's history. Worth the visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

This museum was the most interesting thing I did in Addis. I didn't know about the red terror movement, and the rise of communism in Ethiopia. It's obviously bias, but the people who work there were detained and tortured during the time. Definitely get a free tour. It's well done, and a smaller type of thing to the S21 prison... More 

Thank Hannah S
Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

I spent the week in Ethiopia to visit the NGO projects with a group of donors from Hong Kong and we went to the museum together on the last day of the trip. Everyone of us was moved and shocked after the exhibition knowing this part of history that actually happened not long ago. Especially when I realised that all... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

The museum is small, but very informative. For anyone interested in the history of Ethiopia, this is a must. I highly recommend doing the guided tour. The exhibits are well-organized, and you could easily do a self-guided tour. However, the tour guides are individuals who lived the experience. As other reviewers have mentioned, the tour guides can offer unique, first... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

This is a very small exhibition, which certainly helps you to understand the relatively recent atrocities. It is free to go in although obviously a donation is expected. Everything is explained in English, and although a guide is offered, it is not necessary if you prefer to wander around alone. If you are at all interested in recent Ethiopian history,... More 

Thank JudyBristol
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

I was in Addis Ababa during the Red Terror. It was especially interesting for me to see and hear of the history from the point of view of Ethiopians caught in the chaos and brutality. May it remind Ethiopians of a time they wish never to repeat.

Thank Caroline K
Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

This is a must when you visit Addis. There is also a good book shop next to the museum with a good collection of books. The guide had personal experience and lived through this horrendous time in Ethiopia.

Thank josorb
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

The tour guide had personal experience with the subject and was able to tell the story of the Red Terror from his first hand accounts.

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