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Palace Museum (Beit al-Sahel)

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Address: Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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+255 24 223 1158

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Ghost Museum

The Palace Museum is a large white building on the seafront of Zanzibar along the Indian Ocean on Mizingani Road in Stone Town. From outside it looks like a Ghost Museum. It was... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Tassaduqhussain51
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Multan, Pakistan
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Greater London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The delapidated state of this building is a great shame to what, at one time would have been glorious. Just from the outside alone with gates hanging off hinges etc just leaves one thinking of an historic past that lives no longer. Very sad.

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Multan, Pakistan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Palace Museum is a large white building on the seafront of Zanzibar along the Indian Ocean on Mizingani Road in Stone Town. From outside it looks like a Ghost Museum. It was built as Sultan's Palace in 1890s for members of the sultan's family. In 1911 it became the official residence of the Sultan of Zanzibar. After the 1964... More 

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Maur, Switzerland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Palace Museum is a littel disappointing. There are very few pieces of furniture and of poor quality. Many rooms are completely empty but you ca buy the book "The princess of Zanzibar" in many languages

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Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I recommend visiting with a guide !! very interesting & very informative and must see for all tourists to StoneTown.The first thing you see is an amazing old car and then all the old and typical staff of the age. The view from the terrace was spectacular !!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were shown round by a most enthusiastic guide who knew his stuff! Unfortunately the Palace does need some upkeep - it is being kept as it was when lived in - a wonderful history lesson. Hard sell on way out to buy the book Princess wrote but other than this a most interesting visit

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Vienna, Austria
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

We visited this museum in January 2017 and it is dusty, wretched, and offers only a few interesting exhibits. We had a horrible guide who spoke like a robot without any emotion and accentuation. It is a pity as they have a few interesting stories to tell but they just present everything so badly.

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Gaborone, Botswana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

We decided that we would visit the museum having walked past it on numerous occasions. Entrance fee was $3 and we were assigned a guide who proceeded to take us through the museum and explain all the history surrounding the rulers and the island. Its not a huge place, and we were probably done in an hour, but it was... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Was very informative and must see for all tourists to StoneTown. 10USD pp entrance fee, was well worth it

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

The first thing you see when you walk in is an amazing old car. The museum is an architectural wonder to me. It's been so well maintained with some amazing intricate furniture and paintings . It was very informative and gives good insight as to how the sultans lived. Charges were 3 $ for eac residents and 5 for foreigners.... More 

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George, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

We had a quick stop here(15-30min), interesting to see and hear some of the history. I would recommend to take a guide. I was glad that I went- doesn't take that much time, but not a must. Beautiful wooden furniture, antiques can be seen as it was left behind. The view from the terrace was spectacular!

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