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Address: , Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Phone Number: 255 24 2231158
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Worth a visit.very tired looking building but demonstrated the colonial past and the desire of the sultans to be westernized. Loved the Formica bedroom furniture! Spend an hour... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

Worth a visit.very tired looking building but demonstrated the colonial past and the desire of the sultans to be westernized. Loved the Formica bedroom furniture! Spend an hour or so.don't need a guide.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Well worth the visit. Guide did a good job explaining the history of the palace and the island as a whole. Admitted to the faults of the museum such as the need for renovations, which as someone who studies cultural heritage I admire.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Touring the Palace taught us the history of Zanzibar and allowed us to imagine life on the island in the 1800's.

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Great insight into the ruling families of Zanzibar, the Sultans from Oman. Don't miss the room on Princess Salme.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Get Musa to give you a guided tour like he did for me, and immerse yourself in the plush world of the Omani Sultans of Zanzibar. Despite the revolution in the 1960s the palace is full of furniture, jewelry and other artifacts - plus wonderful portraits of several of the majestic sultans, plus one of the Queen of England.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Interesting place to learn about the history of Stone Town, the slave trade and the influence of the Sultan of Omar on the growth of the city.

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Dakar, Senegal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

A charming place that is fairly well interpreted, all things considered. Definitely worth a visit, but don't think it warrants the services of a guide, although they're eager to tell you what you're reading, if that helps!

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Muscat, Oman
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Don't expect the Louvre or the British Museum! This place is how the colonial administration left it. The Sultan's 1960 Ford Zephyr and the British Governor's Austin Princess are simply "parked out the back" of the museum, and slowly rusting away! Still a great experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

The visit of the palace museum will take around 40 min tops but it is a nice summary of the history of the island and the rulers of the island.. Nice to do!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

The museum is R30 (5000 tsh) to get in, if I remeber rightly, our guide Sudi took us around. He was very knowledgable and his information about the Sultans and their families was very interesting along with the furniture and architecture of the building. The museum is sadly under funded so much work is needed to save the building so... More 

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