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Addis Ababa hosts nine museums, each specializing in different aspects of the country's rich tradition. The National Museum also referred as the Ethiopian National Museum is the primary museum in Ethiopia. It is located at Amist Kilo (King George Street) near the graduate school of Addis Ababa University. At first, the National Museum started displaying a few collections donated by the royal family and their close associates.

It exhibits nation’s artistic treasures archeological collections such as the fossilized remains of early hominids the most famous of which is "Lucy,” recently added to the basement gallery is a display on Selam, found between 2000 and 2004. Estimated to be 3.3 million years old, this Australopithecus afarensis specimen is considered to be the earliest child, historical findings from early periods of Ethiopian history, ethnographic objects and selected paintings and sculptures by Ethiopian artists.

At present the museum has four exposition pieces. In the basement one can find archeological and pale-anthropological pieces. In the first floor ancient and medieval period, regalia and memorabilia of previous rulers can be found. In the second floor art works of traditional and contemporary works (modern sculptures and modern paintings) are displayed. The national museum is open 7 days a week from 2:30 to 11:30 local time or 8:30 to 17:30

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