Museums Walking Tour in Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa is home to many interesting and various museums. Of special interest are the collections of the National Museum. Other museums display collections that take you through the history of Africa and Ethiopia, its people and its art. This self-guided tour will lead you through the diverse museums of Addis Ababa.
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Museums Walking Tour in Addis Ababa Map

Guide Name: Museums Walking Tour in Addis Ababa
Guide Location: Ethiopia » Addis Ababa (See other walking tours in Addis Ababa)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.2 km
Author: vickyc
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Modern Art Museum

1) Modern Art Museum

Modern Art Museum is the best place to gain insight into the art of Ethiopia. It belongs to the University of Addis Ababa. The museum was opened in 2008 and it is the first place in Ethiopia that displays contemporary art. There are many amazing collections of outstanding Ethiopian artists and artists from other parts of Africa. There are paintings, sculptures and modern pictures that depict mainly Africa and Africans.
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Ethnological Museum

2) Ethnological Museum (must see)

Ethnological Museum is housed in what used to be Haile Selassie's palace, in the area of the main building of Addis Ababa University. This exciting museum displays the precious and varied ethnic collections of Ethiopia. The museum gives deep insight into the diverse cultures of Ethiopia through the ethnographic objects of about 80 ethnic groups. There is even a bedroom of one of their great emperors. There are also collections of sacred arts.
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National Museum of Ethiopia

3) National Museum of Ethiopia (must see)

The National Museum of Ethiopia is the primary museum in Ethiopia. The current National Museum of Ethiopia grew from the establishment of the Institute of Archaeology, which was founded in 1958.

The museum houses the nation's artistic treasures as well as many of the most precious archaeological finds such as the fossilized remains of early hominids. Currently, the National Museum of Ethiopia has four main exhibition sections. The basement is dedicated to archaeological and paleoanthropological sections and exhibits hominids. The first floor contains objects from ancient and medieval periods, as well as regalia and memorabilia from former rulers, who include Emperor Haile Selassie. The second floor show art work in a chronological order, from traditional to contemporary works while the thrid floor comprises a rich ethnographic displays.

Opening hours: Monday-Sunday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
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Natural History Museum

4) Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum was founded in 1955. Since then, it has been the only natural history museum in Ethiopia. It is housed in the Science Faculty Department of the University of Addis Ababa. You can see about 1100 species of African animals. These were collected by Mr. S. Patrizi at the time of the Italian occupation. Other university staff and students contributed to it as well. You can learn more about indigenous wildlife in Africa and Ethiopian fauna while visiting this museum.
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Beata St. Mary Museum

5) Beata St. Mary Museum (must see)

Beata St. Mary Museum is a church museum. It was built in 1911 and is located on the grounds of Emperor Menelik‘s palace. Here you will see what is left from the king and his family. There is an underground area where are exhibited the king, his daughter and the Empress Zewditu. Fascinating wall paintings and items of historical importance exhibited there are of great interest as well.
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Postal Museum

6) Postal Museum

The Ethiopian Postal Museum is a thematic museum. The museum displays some interesting things such as century old stamps, postcards and photographs. There are stamps from 1894. The museum also tells the history of the development of mail in this country and in Africa in general.

Walking Tours in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Create Your Own Walk in Addis Ababa

Create Your Own Walk in Addis Ababa

Creating your own self-guided walk in Addis Ababa is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, is the country’s commercial and cultural hub, hosting a number of historic landmarks: monuments, squares, palaces and more. Among them the ones dedicated to the local Emperor Menelek and those commemorating the country's last, 20th-century emperor Haile Selassie. Follow this orientation walk to explore some of the top attractions of Addis Ababa.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 km
North of Addis Ababa Walking Tour

North of Addis Ababa Walking Tour

Some remarkable landmarks of Addis Ababa can be found in the north part of the city. There are monuments, beautiful buildings and the zoo where you can see lions walking. This self-guided tour will lead you through these attractions in the north of Addis Ababa.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Shopping Areas and Shops Walking Tour in Addis Ababa

Shopping Areas and Shops Walking Tour in Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa offers a great shopping experience with its shopping districts and streets. Tourists will find Ethiopian crafts, jewelery, clothes, fresh exotic fruits and vegetables. The main shopping districts in Addis Ababa are Piazza and around Cherchil Avenue. Take this self-guided tour to experience really exciting shopping in Ethiopia.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Foot of Entoto Mountain Walking Tour

Foot of Entoto Mountain Walking Tour

There are several tourist attractions at the very foot of Entoto Mountain and along Entoto Road that lead to the top of the mountain. Attractions at the foot of Entoto Mountain include markets that sell specific Ethiopian goods, like crafts and clothes, churches, a park and a cemetery. Take this self-guided tour to explore the fascinating views offered in this region of Addis Ababa.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
Everyday Life Walking Tour in Addis Ababa

Everyday Life Walking Tour in Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa is a busy city with millions of inhabitants. You can learn about the everyday life of local people by visiting some of the places that are popular among them, for example, parks, where there are parents with kids and young romantic couples, and shops, cafes and churches, as Ethiopians are very a religious nation. There are many churches in this city. Take this self-guided tour to experience the everyday life of local Ethiopians.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Religious Sights Walking Tour in Addis Ababa

Religious Sights Walking Tour in Addis Ababa

Ethiopia is mainly a Christian country. However, there are many other religions of the world there as the country has many ethnic groups. Addis Ababa boasts very beautiful and old, Christian cathedrals and churches. There are also Catholic churches and mosques in the city. This self-guided tour will lead you to the great religious sights of Addis Ababa.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.5 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Addis Ababa for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Addis Ababa has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Addis Ababa, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.