By Mekonnen Teshome
Ethiopia has inaugurated a state-of the-art science museum with an intention of serving as a research center and a place to preserve past and present technologies in different fields for future generations.
The giant museum which is believed to be the biggest one in Africa is built on seven hectares plot of which 80 percent is green space. It is made up of two massive buildings with a panorama view of Addis Ababa from its top.
The museum contains a science and technological innovation exhibition area, circular in shape and dubbed ‘ring of wisdom’ to show humanity’s endless ability and capacity to continuously create. The museum complex rests on 15,000-meter square of land with a height of nine meters and carrying two floors.
The main floor contains a visitor’s center, two large exhibition halls, an amphitheater and various offices, and a cafeteria area. The scenic 360 roof top houses a solar farm and a roof garden for relaxing outside.
The second part of the science museum is the Dome Theater which is a three-dimensional cinema with 24meter height and 450-meter square space and able to accommodate up to 200 people at once.