Top Choice Museum in Addis Ababa

Ethnological Museum

Set within Haile Selassie’s former palace and surrounded by the beautiful gardens and fountains of Addis Ababa University’s main campus is the enthralling Ethnological Museum. Even if you’re not normally a museum fa…
Top Choice Museum in Addis Ababa

'Red Terror' Martyrs Memorial Museum

‘As if I bore them all in one night, They slew them in a single night.’ These were the words spoken by the mother, whose four teenage children were all killed on the same day by the Derg, who officially opened the s…
Top Choice Church in Addis Ababa

St George Cathedral & Museum

Commissioned by Emperor Menelik II to commemorate his stunning 1896 defeat of the Italians in Adwa, and dedicated to St George (Ethiopia’s patron saint), whose icon was carried into the battle, this Piazza cathedral…
Church in Addis Ababa

Holy Trinity Cathedral

Off Niger St, this massive and ornate cathedral is the second-most important place of worship in Ethiopia (ranking behind the Old Church of St Mary of Zion in Aksum). It’s also the celebrated final resting place of …
Market in Addis Ababa


Wading into the market chaos known as Merkato, just west of the centre, can be as rewarding as it is exasperating. You may find the most eloquent aroma wafting from precious incense. You may also find that your wall…
Museum in Addis Ababa

National Museum

The collection on show at the National Museum is ranked among the most important in sub-Saharan Africa, but sadly many of its exhibits are poorly labelled, lit and displayed, particularly in the upper levels of the …
Museum in Addis Ababa

Natural History Museum

Go eye to eye with a bloated leopard and other wildlife wonders of Ethiopia in this natural history museum. Sometimes the stuffers just don’t know when to stop stuffing!
Museum in Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa Museum

Despite only being founded on the centenary of the city in 1986, the Addis Ababa Museum is the town’s scruffiest museum. That said, perusing candid portraits of the redoubtable Empress Taitu, rakish Lij Iyasu and th…
Notable Building in Addis Ababa

Africa Hall

Built in 1961 by Emperor Haile Selassie, Africa Hall, near Meskal Sq, is the seat of the UN’s ECA. The Italian-designed building isn’t very interesting, apart from the friezelike motifs that represent traditional Et…
Church in Addis Ababa

Bete Maryam Mausoleum

Also known as Menelik’s Mausoleum, the Bete Maryam Mausoleum is located just south of Menelik’s palace and offers an enchantingly eerie experience for travellers. After the priest has rolled up the carpet and pried …