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Address: Mizingani Rd, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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It is such a shame that despite Stone Town's UNESCO status, that all the heritage buildings are run-down and not maintained, I could not believe that they are allowing people to... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Melbourne, Australia

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This ancient building was the house of events during the sultan times in Zanzibar. Nowadays is the palace museum but honestly... it has not much to offer. The few items still in exposition are dirty, old and decadent. Even though they charge an entrance fee of 4usd, there's no perspective where that money is going. (Ask the museum receipt to... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic imposing colonial building but in horrendous state on our visit. Damp, musty and lots of scurrying rodents that I hope were only mice. Lots of interesting displays but not much by way of written information. What could be a great museum badly needs investment.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The house of wonders is called this because at the time of construction it was litterally that.. wonderful. This wonder; does shine through a little bit when you look at the majestic building from the outside; but that's where it stops. It is very poorly maintained; and as I entered, I turned around and left as I felt terribly unsafe... More 

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Haifa, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good ammeizing history I was visit here and almost I hot shock because I got surprised with oldest thing which I met.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is such a shame that despite Stone Town's UNESCO status, that all the heritage buildings are run-down and not maintained, I could not believe that they are allowing people to go inside a structure that looks like it could potentially collapse in parts. Hope the government spends a little bit of the tourist dollars flowing through here on maintaining... More 

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Hatfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the house of wonders at the start of Nov 2016, when the ground and first floors were open. It is clearly in need of a lot of renovation but it is a fascinating place to look around. The display cabinets have lots of interesting information about life in Zanzibar under Arab rule, and it is good to be... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Called the House of Wonders because it was the first place in Stonetown to have electricity the palace Beit el Ajaib is an extraordinary place but due to disrepair only the ground and first floor is open. None the less it is filled with history and artifacts and the actual architecture and the doors are amazing to see. Try to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

good history of how the Zanzibar was ruled by the Arabs. get to learn the way of life the Arabs spent. the Arabian art is admirable.

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Mombasa, Kenya
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The impressive House is unfortunatelly closed. The house is in such a bad stage, that it had to be closed for security reason. I have visited the Museum in this House many years a go and wanted to revisit it this year in October. It does not look like that this attraction will be soon reopened again.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

its a nice place, to know more about Zanzibar, chiefs, and so on. also there is some more oldest materials / equipments that were used in old days. they have tried there level best to maintain them so that to handle the story

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