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Addis Ababa Museum

Addis Ababa museum is founded in Addis’ centenary in 1986. The museum keeps candid portraits of the redoubtable Empress Taitu, rakish Lij Iyasu, and the very beautiful Empress Zewditu, along with pictures of the capital in its infancy.

There’s also a ‘first-in-Ethiopia’ room, with pictures of Menelik with Bede Bentley in Addis Ababa’s first motor car (1907) and the first telephone in Ethiopia. This was brought from Italy by Ras Makonnen in 1890, and it’s said that local priests when they first heard the disembodied voices, thought telephones the work of demons.