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Address: Mizingani Rd, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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Stone Town and Prison Island Half-Day Tour from Zanzibar
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Closed for Renovation

The place has a great History and it is a beautiful huge building. It is closed for renovation but you can enter if you bribe the guards , but they tend to break it down faster... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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48 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The place has a great History and it is a beautiful huge building. It is closed for renovation but you can enter if you bribe the guards , but they tend to break it down faster than the people can renovate.

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Thank Rudovh
Edmonton, Canada
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's great they have tried to save this building, but the displays are poorly out together, covered in dust, have no working lights, etc. There is so much potential to display some of the amazing history this island has to offer, but it really wasn't worth the admission price.

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Thank Sara H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is clearly a place of significance but needs attention and cleaning up, saw some interesting things though.

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Thank Tedd K
Bled, Slovenia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The exterior of the building is impressive, given its age and its overall height. Once you gain entry after paying TS6500 each to a very laid-back guard, you are immediately confronted by the huge amount of space inside the structure. Three levels resembling mezzanine floors reach up to an enormous skylight so the interior feels light and airy. The museum... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum is unkempt and the exhibitions seem old. Funds need to be allocated toward up keep and restoration.

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Thank Or M
Ottawa, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A good guide can tell you something about the building from the outside, but don't go out of your way to visit at the moment .... we heard that the museum/house were closed for renovations, but that the budget hasn't been approved for the work, so it may be many months or years before it is worth coming to the... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's currently closed due to part of it collapsing on the inside. So you'll have to enjoy the view from the outside.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

V normal place from my view,u dnt hvw alot to do here..pictures only. Close to city center,surronded by other places.

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Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not much inside but if you have enough time in Stonetown just go and visit the house of wonders. Nothing special but you support the place with small entrance fee USD 4

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Zürich, Schweiz
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

I liked the House of Wonders. It gives a good overview about the Swahili culture and how Muslims came to Zanzibar. Also about Dhows and other traditions in Zanzibar. There is a small part upstairs about the history of Zanzibar which I thought was really interesting. Unfortunately the place is really run down and that is a pitty because if... More 

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