Addis Ababa is located in the center of the country. It is the political and economic capital of Ethiopia. It was founded by Emperor Menelik in 1887. There are more than 120 international missions and embassies in Addis Ababa. It is also the headquarters of the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commissions for Africa.
There are a number of places can be visited in Addis Ababa i.e. museums, churches, monuments, art galleries, and the main market known as the Mercato, is the largest open market place in Africa and has a wonderful range of good, items of local art and Ethiopian curiosities.
The museum is built upon a crest of the mountain range; the place has a panoramic view of Addis Ababa. The displays have historic significance; some have been donated by members of the royal family. The architectural design and the inner wall of the church depicts fascinating angles and heavenly scenes.
Addis Ababa Museum
The Addis Ababa Museum is located at Meskel Square. The museum is housed in one of the oldest buildings of the city. The museum has eights sections. Every section exhibits items of significance at different stages of development of the city.
The National Museum
It is located at a new modern building around Amist Kilo. It exhibits fascinating items like the oldest hominid skeleton and replica of Lucy. Traditional and ceremonial costumes; jewelry; paintings, sculptures, and other archeological findings are also found.
Zoological Natural History Museum
The museum is located at Arat Kilo and features different animals such as rodents, insects, bats, reptiles, and amphibians. The museum is one of the most interesting places for bird specialists showing 450 species, including the country’s endemics, displayed against painted dioramas.