Museums in Zanzibar Island

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Museums in Zanzibar Island

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  • roma
    9 contributions
    These guys stole my heart. They are honest and frank and kind people. I'd like to hang out with them in my free time and speak about art, life and everything.
    Written 28 February 2021
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  • Patricia P
    4 contributions
    By accident we stumbled upon this wonderful art gallery in Zanzibar. Hellen,who is an absolute delight,was very helpful with picking out some art work for us. We finally decided on a"Tingatinga Animal" print. This is a must visit.
    Written 28 July 2019
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  • Mohnomishe
    Lusaka, Zambia319 contributions
    I was not coming here and expecting a massive multimedia experience like the Abba museum in Stockholm. But I have to admit it was a bit underwhelming with basically just one big room with photos and LP covers. Still I do not regret going to the museum, and then I’m not even a Queen fan. It was interesting reading the various accounts of Mercury’s childhood and school years by friends and family members.

    I think the museum could be vastly improved if they got the opportunity to expand to the upper floor (where the Bulsara family actually lived) that are now occupied by the Tembo totel.
    Written 4 February 2022
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  • SF Guy
    San Francisco, CA789 contributions
    This is a great old building with many hidden gems inside of great historic significance for the island. When entering be prepared to have someone offer to tour you around for a tip, though I prefer going at my own pace to tour museums. But this museum is a must see with great pieces to see from paintings to households items.
    Written 16 September 2020
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  • HoxtonGirl2020
    London, UK4 contributions
    A visit to this museum is a great introduction into Zanzibari history. Said, who runs the museum, is one of the best story tellers on the island.
    Written 6 April 2021
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  • lilbunny76
    Los Angeles, CA93 contributions
    Cute art gallery of hand made henna paintings in the heart of stone town. Feel free to bargain and pick up some really great local art!
    Written 9 December 2019
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  • CarloFedeli
    Monaco121 contributions
    Selling the usual prints and designs that vendors will try and sell you on the beach. Honestly nothing new or exceptional about it, if not that it is sheltered in case of rain. Not quite the sort of "gallery" you'd expect. Still one of the nicest huts in Nungwi village though.
    Written 31 March 2018
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  • Moronge O
    Nairobi, Kenya178 contributions
    The Beit al Amani houses a museum that condenses the history of Zanzibar, there are some cultural artifacts, and some historical narratives about Zanzibar, but nothing much else. Half-an-hour would be enough to fleet through the exhibits and read the labels on the exbihits. There's an entry fee of TZS 6,000 that also covers the Natural History Museum a few paces from this museum.
    Written 27 February 2019
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  • Mark O
    Stockholm, Sweden637 contributions
    The architecture and people of Zanzibar are wonderful to photograph and Stone town is worth staying at least 2 nights before heading for the most amazing beaches.
    Written 18 May 2016
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  • Jay S
    Mumbai, India51 contributions
    Nice little space in one of the alleyways. It sells handmade products, handicrafts, paintings and soaps. Bought 2 soaps which were elegantly wrapped in handmade paper and smelt nice.
    Written 29 January 2018
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  • Rosario_it
    Belgium1,826 contributions
    The beautiful which hosts the Cultural Arts Gallery it's quite attractive because it has been restored preserving the old structure.
    The exposition itself it's not very interesting but it's agreable enough to spend some time.
    Written 12 October 2019
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  • Chris V
    19 contributions
    Upon meeting Hamisi we immediately became friends. He is soft-spoken and welcoming and knows many of the great Tingatinga artists around Tanzania. His prices are fair and he will tell you all about the style and culture of Tingatinga. Also, he is an incredible masseuse! He was trained in Japan in chiropractic massage. I had some neck pain after traveling and after one session with Hamisi I felt totally better- highly recommend!
    Written 21 April 2021
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  • Hanna Lee
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates13 contributions
    When I've entered East Africa Merchants the atmosphere was welcoming. Scent of spices spread all over the shop, great selection of products were displayed thoughtfully and carefully. Above all, the lady who welcomed me with a warm smile knew the products inside out which made my shopping experience even better. I am a big fan of products with stories.

    I wanted to buy a bracelet by Lithos but at that time they didn't have the design that I wanted and she said she'll keep me posted. She kept her promise. I am very happy with my Tanzanite bracelet which will remind me of the story of Tanzanite and my stay in Zanzibar.

    Thank you for your kindness and for an unusual experience which is rare to feel in the shop!
    Written 25 April 2022
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