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The historical center houses Ethiopia’s aesthetic fortunes. It contains numerous valuable nearby archeological finds, for example, the fossils of early primates, the most celebrated of which is “Lucy,” the incomplete skeleton of Australopithecus afarensis. Recently added to the museum exhibition is a showcase on Selam, found between 2000 and 2004. This old fossil is believed to date 3.3 million years back.

In 1936 for the first time in history, Ethiopia got introduced to the concept of a museum.  The Institute of Archeology was established in 1958 to advance and encourage the archeological exploration mission in the northern parts of Ethiopia by French archeologists.   

The Museum began its operations by displaying objects from these unearthing missions.    

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