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Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum

Bole Road, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
+251 11 515 6197
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Moving testimony to a horrendous period in modern Ethiopia

Disturbing, well-presented displays dedicated to an important period in modern Ethiopian history. A... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Lacking credibility, but worth a stop

I lived through the May 1989 regime change and do not find the muesem a strong enough condemnation... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good34%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“recent history” (26 reviews)
“dark history” (9 reviews)
Bole Road, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
+251 11 515 6197
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Disturbing, well-presented displays dedicated to an important period in modern Ethiopian history. A must for those interested in the roots of current Ethiopia.

Thank AHStryd
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I lived through the May 1989 regime change and do not find the muesem a strong enough condemnation of the past. A clear and strong statement that no government, past or present should opress, silence or detain its citizens for polical beliefs.

Thank CanadaAustria
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited this small museum in the afternoon. No ticket. Donation at the end if someone willing. Not suitable to visit with children. I was alone in the room where all the skulls, bones, clothes of tortured people were preserved. That gives a mixture of spooky...More

Thank Makshum
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This small museum provides an uncensored account of a dark time in the country's recent history. Through numerous photos and artefacts, they document how the 'communist' regime massacred thousands of people. This is a great museum to spend an hour or so learning about a...More

Thank netllama
Reviewed 10 November 2017

A sad chapter of Ethiopian history brought to life in this museum with lots of photos and exhibits from that time. It is free to enter and they only ask for a donation at the end for the guides - our guide was housed in...More

1  Thank ahughes3466
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

A preservation of a sad part of modern Ethiopian history, worth paying homage to. Painful chronicles of tyranny and human hegemony on the innocents. A must visit if you are interested in history.

Thank Anderson S
Reviewed 7 November 2017

The museum is free to enter- they just ask a donation at the end. It is fairly small but provides a decent amount of information, though it definitely could have delved a bit deeper into the history. Most of the information is printed in English....More

Thank uclatraveler9
Reviewed 1 November 2017

This museum has many photographs, objects, and remains from a very sad time in Ethiopian History. The staff offers a free guided tour in English that is well worth the time. A voluntary donation is asked for the museum.

Thank peripatetic845
Reviewed 22 October 2017

while walking around the museum seeing the atrocities, we heard what sounded like a crash, i walked outside as there was screaming and saw that across the road a scaffold had collapsed. not sure if anyone was injured. i hope not.

Thank Paul S
Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

A well and nicely organised museum about the recent tragic history of Ethiopia and the dictatorial regime of the 80ies. Maybe keeping this for the end of your visit to Addis Ababa.

Thank Verberckt D
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20 March 2017|
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Response from josorb | Reviewed this property |
I have been informed by Ethiopian colleagues that the museum is open daily from 08:30 to 17:00. Its really worth a visit.
9 July 2016|
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Response from vituzzo | Reviewed this property |
Our visit with a guide lasted less than an hour. Of course it can be longer if you spend more time at each panel.
Turatsinze C
28 March 2015|
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Response from Danuta O | Reviewed this property |
The museum is free but you can drop something in the donation box placed by the exit.