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“Good introduction to Zanzibar”

Palace Museum (Beit al-Sahel)
Ranked #7 of 39 things to do in Stone Town
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Durban, South Africa
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Good introduction to Zanzibar”
Reviewed 4 June 2014

We went through here on the first day - no need for a guide. The little museum stories panted a good historical picture for us. The furniture and rooms were amazing!

Visited June 2014
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 5 Contributor
78 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Palace Museum”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

Interresting and learningful. Make it part of a full day trip to Stonetown and then it is worth it. Be aware that there are local guides and museum guides, so go for the museum guys who are more knowlegable and well priced for their knowledge.

Visited April 2014
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Karlskrona, Sweden
Level 6 Contributor
366 reviews
306 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
“Surprisingly good”
Reviewed 7 May 2014

This museum was much better than I expected. The museum focus on Sayyid Said bin Sultan, who ruled Oman and Zanzibar in the 18th century. There is lots of big paintings of family members around the museum. There is also lots of furnitures from that time. One section is about one of his daughters, Princess Salme, and her life in Europe.

Visited May 2014
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Seoul, South Korea
Level 6 Contributor
114 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Interesting ”
Reviewed 4 May 2014 via mobile

For a sub-Saharan African museum this is not a bad example. There are some interesting exhibits and the view of the waterfront from the balcony is very nice.

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Morogoro, Morogoro, Tanzania
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Dusty but interesting”
Reviewed 1 May 2014

Last home of the Omani Sheiks, this palace wants a good cleaning but contains lots of the furnishings, pictures, and details of history of this forgotten royal family. Very distinct faded late 19th Century vibe. I kept thinking, "this could be so much .... more", and longed to see more civic pride in this lynchpin of Zanzibar history, but then I would remember, "nah, this is Tanzania, where nobody ever pays attention to much of anything civic." Lovely views from the upstairs veranda out to the ocean.

Visited April 2014
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