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Inauguration of the Ethiopian Museum of Science and Arts

Ethiopian leaders hope science and arts museum facility will help transform Ethiopia’s digital economy

Interior of the Dome Museum of Sciences and Arts (Photo: ENA)

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Ethiopia on Tuesday inaugurated the Museum of Science and Arts in the heart of the capital Addis Ababa.

It was Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed who cut the ribbon to inaugurate the new domed facility which he sees as an important step towards building a digital economy.

“This lays the foundation for the children of a better Ethiopia,” Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said. He added that the Science Museum will play a greater role in enabling children and young people to practice creative thinking and creative development.

The domed architecture is said to signify “continuous growth and human creativity”, according to the Ethiopian News Agency report.

It is also described as an expression of Ethiopia’s determination to adapt to ever-increasing technological development.

After the inauguration, Prime Minister Abiy wrote on his social media page “As we inaugurate the Science Museum of Ethiopia, launch a technology exhibition and open today the first pan-African conference on artificial intelligence, all are essential for networking, learning and co-creation across the continent, as we all strive to empower Africa through digital transformation…”

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The largest structure (Photo: Public Domain)

On the same day, the facility hosted a tech startup and public/private institution exhibit that will be open to the public for several weeks.

He also hosted what is said to be “PanAfricon’s first annual conference on artificial intelligence”.

The premise of the facility has a total of seven hectares of land. There are two huge building structures but much of the space is given over to green spaces.

The domed structure of the Science and Arts Museum (Photo: PD)

The largest structure is built on 15,000 square meters of land and is 132 meters wide.

More than 4,000 native trees cover the green space – in addition to flowers – according to the ENA report.

In January 2022, Ethiopia inaugurated the largest library in the country, also built in Addis Ababa, which is named after Abrhot – an Amharic word for “Enlightenment”.

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