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Address: Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Phone Number: 255 24 2231158
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Interesting tour and good insight into sultans history in the area. Building bit run down but some impressive old furniture especially from India

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Corner Brook, Canada
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Corner Brook, Canada
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321 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Interesting tour and good insight into sultans history in the area. Building bit run down but some impressive old furniture especially from India

Thank Nlenigma
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The overall experience was average. while there are great exhibits, they are not too well maintained. most exhibits were left lying around without being stored properly. most others were dusty and some seemed to be falling apart.

Thank Walter0202
Cheyenne, Wyoming
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243 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is from the time of Sultans and they have lots of relics from that time. However the palace itself is deteriorating badly and so are the collection items. It give you a faint impression of different times in Zanzibar.

Thank Wyosoldier
Adelaide, Australia
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58 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our guide was very good, take your time and take it all in. It is of course hot in summer, take a fan everywhere with you!

Thank AussieBella
Burlington, Canada
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191 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visit this museum as soon as you can as it is rapidly deteriorating . The antique furniture is rotting & the paintings & hanging rugs are fading badly - all due to the facility being open to the elements versus being in a climate controlled environment as most other museums . It is a shame as properly cared for and... More 

Thank Jack M
Lusaka, Zambia
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum has a lot of potential, but it is not nicely maintained and the artefacts are not always clearly labelled or visible. The ticket entry is not too expensive so if you can put up with the quality of maintenance I would give it a go!

Thank meganf140
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29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Not very much there, but some interesting articles. You get your own personal guide in with the entrance fee but he still expects a tip. It is over 3 floors so not the best if you are partialy disabled like me. visit at the same time as the house of wonders, almost next door.

Thank pethal
Johannesburg, South Africa
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113 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Nice to experience some of the culture, but the town itself was far from pleasant. Suggest taking lots of water, it gets hot and vendors' prices go up for tourists.

Thank KirstenLM11
Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015 via mobile

The Stone Town, an UNESCO World Heritage Sites has three major attractions - the House of Wonders, the Arab Fort and the Palace Museum. The museum is the best of the three. The entrance fee of $3.00 per person is worthwhile for the three stories museum which house mostly ancient furnitures for various rooms. We did the museum tour by... More 

Thank Charn P
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

We really enjoyed getting to know more about the sultans that ruled Zanzibar while visiting this palace museum. As with most places like this in Zanzibar, the potential to present information and history is huge, but the execution is poor. Various rooms have been set up with original furniture, etc. and is a nice way to get the feel of... More 

Thank Jozua L

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