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Palace Museum (Beit al-Sahel)

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Run-down museum, but the experience is enhanced by the free guides

I wasn't particularly impressed by the artifacts and historical items on display in this museum... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Robert B
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This is a good place to start your visit to Stone Town. Here you can get a sense of the history of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I wasn't particularly impressed by the artifacts and historical items on display in this museum, but the free guides included in the price (although grateful for a tip) add hugely to the experience in terms of adding context and explanations. I would only have given...More

Thank Robert B
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a good place to start your visit to Stone Town. Here you can get a sense of the history of the place whilst at the same time seeing how the Sultans lived. For your very cheap entry fee you also get a guided...More

Thank Noel H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The manager of our hotel told us this was a must do, so we took his word for it and he was right. 6,000 shillings per person, or USD3pp and included a free guided tour. Really fascinating - though helps to have a brief understanding...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a very good guide, who was proud of the history, the museum is near Forodhani Park and very accessible. A place to isit while in Zanzibar.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting museum which tells you the story of the Sultan of Oman. Nice view of the beach and the city.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was a bit sad because the place holds a lot of history but is very rundown. it was informative and filled in alot of gaps about the origionsof Zanzibar

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Out of all places to do in stone town, this one is clearly worth to do. Walk around the corridors and visit rooms, learn things about the (recent) past of Zanzibar. Make sure your wanderings take you to the couple of terrace overlooking the bay,...More

Thank Christophe C
Reviewed 26 July 2018

The museum contains artifacts and furniture from numerous periods (including tacky 1950's furniture!). What makes the museum worth visiting is the docent that takes you through the museum (the docent is part of the $3 admission fee). The docent brings the history alive and will...More

Thank Eileen F
Reviewed 14 July 2018

With the fact that there are no guides to help explaining in details as you tour the building there is a need for restoration and repair like any other stone town building. Inside you will be marveled by the huge glasses from Persians as well...More

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Reviewed 11 May 2018 via mobile

It could seem a little bit abandoned just at a first view. But this is a jewel related to the colonial times, and it shows all the magnificence of past times. Its best views maybe from the pronenade.

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