Radisson Blu Hotel, Addis Ababa

Red Terror Martyrs' Memorial Museum

The "Red Terror" Martyrs' Memorial Museum in Addis Ababa was established in 2010 as a memorial to the victims of the Red Terror under the Derg regime. Explore the history leading up to the Red Terror in a free guided tour, starting from former emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie's 80th birthday celebration. The museum showcases the atrocious treatment of citizens who opposed the Derg regime, how prisoners were treated and how they secretly communicated with each other.

Small but powerful

The museum reveals the fall of Haile Selassie and the horrors of life under the Mengistu’s Derg regime. The exhibition is well laid out, and even though the museum is small and only has a couple of rooms, it is incredibly powerful. For the most informative experience, let an English-speaking guide tell you the story of the regime or look at the moving exhibitions in silence. It includes walls of photos and names of just some of the estimated half a million people killed under the Derg. The displays also contains cabinets filled with human remains dug out of mass graves. In addition, coffins and bloody clothes are exhibited and pictorial history of the Red Terror is featured.

The Radisson Blu Hotel in Addis Ababa is located only a 15-minute walk away from the Red Terror Martyrs’ Memorial Museum. Although the museum covers a difficult topic it is interesting and an important part of history. The hotel’s central location makes it a good base for you to also explore the many other attractions of the Ethiopian capital, such as the United Nations Conference Center, the Meskel Square and the Holy Trinity Cathedral. The hotel’s helpful staff members are available to assist you to ensure your stay is both productive and enjoyable, whether you’re in the city for business or leisure.