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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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not well maintained museum with only a few things worth to be seen

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... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Vienna, Austria
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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

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Thank vangovender
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago 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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New Delhi, India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

dont take a guide at the entrance, things are really self explanatory. you can easily do this in 45 mts.

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Thank pulkit_sri
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is a good view of the sea from the sultan's balcony. It is especially nice in the evening toward sundown. The up keep is insufficient. Restoration may be required.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An interesting, short glimpse into the life of the Sultans, as part of a walking tour of Stone Town.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

There is not alot to see in Stonetown, but the Palace Museum is on the list. It does need cleaning and the items could be better displayed. We had a guide who was very good, without him you would just wonder around the building not knowing what it was all about. They did have a painting of the Queen in... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Historical preservation is not a high priority. Many things are run down and desperately in need of a paint job. I am sure in its day it was worth seeing except it is now a historical oddity .

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