The National Museum of Ethiopia has opened a new Archeological History Exhibition for the public.
President Sahle Work Zewde has officially inaugurated the exhibition, named ‘Ethiopian Historical Archeology Permanent Exhibition’, on Sept 28.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by Tourism Minister Nassise Chali and Ambassador of France to Ethiopia Remi Marechaux.
The exhibition displays the history and culture of Ethiopia from the pre-Axum era to the 19th century, says the President Office of Ethiopia.
It displays many artifacts that have never been presented to the public, according to the Office.
The Ethiopian Heritage Authority organised the exhibition in collaboration with the French Embassy in Addis Ababa.
A unique sight of Ethiopia’s archaeological masterpieces and a travel in time, the embassy says.
The exhibition was opened on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Ethiopia and France.
The newly opened permanent exhibition adds to the collections of the National Museum seen by many as the most important in sub-Saharan Africa.
The museum, located in the capital near the Addis Ababa University’s graduate school, is the home of world-famous Lucy, a fossilised hominid and world’s ancient inhabitant.
The musume also displays Ethiopian art ranging from early 14th-century parchment to 20th-century canvas oil paintings by leading modern artists. Maitre Afewerk Tekle’s massive African Heritage is one of the more notable pieces.