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Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum

Bole Road, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
+251 11 515 6197
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Great presentation of a terrible history

We didn't know much about the history of Ethiopia so this was really valuable for us. The guides... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Liz O
London, United Kingdom
Scary and sadden place to visit

Here visitors will be able to visit the past life of Ethiopian people in the worst time, Here at... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Bole Road, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
+251 11 515 6197
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Reviewed yesterday

We didn't know much about the history of Ethiopia so this was really valuable for us. The guides all seem to have personal stories of this time in Ethiopia (as I'm sure anyone of a certain age does) which made it even more personal. It...More

Thank Liz O
Reviewed 5 days ago

Here visitors will be able to visit the past life of Ethiopian people in the worst time, Here at the museum you will see a lot number of skulls and photographs , cloths and artifacts ... Just visit if you are Habesha only .

1  Thank ashehabesha34
Reviewed 1 week ago

Being in the center of the city, the musium is in the center of the city which makes it easy to pay a visit without a program, it worth a visit.

Thank Amir T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There are a number of photos in this museum but unless you have full knowledge of Ethiopia's history it is out of context. Would benefit from more introductory script however there is no charge (donations only) so worth a visit if you're in the area...More

1  Thank KarenMChelmsford
Reviewed 1 week ago

Certainly worth a visit but even after I left I was unsure how the "Red Terror" actually happened (not that it did happen!) i.e. how did the movement start, grow and collapse? That said, if you take the exhibits one at a time then it...More

1  Thank Jay H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our guide was a victim of the Red Terror era, the post-Haile Selassie fascist period when thousands of Ethiopians, especially educated ones, were imprisoned, tortured and killed. Be sure to top (pay, really) for the guided tour. Do not miss this museum.

1  Thank Adam W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The entrance is free and the museum is very small, but it offers interesting information about Ethiopian recent history, specially the Red Terror during the Derg government. It is possible to see photos, torture documents, clothes and other things related to the period.

1  Thank Anna V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is very small and presents informations over the genocide operated by the Derg military junta after the overthrow of the emperor Haile Selassie. The exhibition presents mainly old pictures (blackwhite), some paintings and a small number of objects. A little bit disappointing is...More

1  Thank Andreas K
Reviewed 5 weeks 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.

1  Thank AHStryd
Reviewed 11 December 2017 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.

1  Thank CanadaAustria
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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.