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Palace Museum (Beit al-Sahel)

Stone Town, Tanzania
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Ranked #6 of 13 attractions in Stone Town
Type: History Museums
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London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Was bit disappointed asI wanted to visit this but due to repair works, this was shut for public, next time.

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Juba, Al Khartum, South Sudan
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Did not walk in but the building it's self is beautiful, we did not have lots of time to spend in the town so we opted to visit other places.

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

The Museum looks a bit shabby but there is no place else to see the vestiges of the sultan's rule in his own palace, including his ebony furniture from India. Right down the street is the Old Dispensary, beautifully renovated

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Chicago, Illinois
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83 reviews 83 reviews
24 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

This museum is well worth a couple of hours. It is bright and breezy inside, and the labels are all in English. We really enjoyed it, and there is not much else to do in Stone Town anyway, except shop!

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Saint John, Canada
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97 reviews 97 reviews
25 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

This is an interesting building but quite run down. There is not too much of interest inside and what is there could be presented a little better.

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SHANGHAI
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

The Sultan's Palace seemed so small and simple,that nothing special to see at all. I took photoes for some Chinese paintings hanging there and checked with my painter friend after I backed to China. He said they were not any master pieces, but flow-producted crafts...

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Muscat, Oman
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014 via mobile

The contents gave you an in sight into the history and guide brought things to life for us, I am not keen on guides but he did a good job. The whole place needs repairing and they are hoping for funds from Oman.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Don't waste your time or money .. there is hardly anything in the building that is even of the time of the palace..crappy furniture ect shoved into hallways. We mainly went to see the Sultans tombs written up in Lonely Planet...no one even seemed to know where they were located. We finally found them in a dry lot next to... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

This impressive building is one of the first sights you see when arriving by ferry. It dominates the waterfront. The visitor gets a fascinating insight into life at the sultan's court and family life. Many rooms are authentically furnished. There are also some interesting documents and exhibits. It is often hard to read the labels on exhibits due to poor... More

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Hong Kong, China
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Not much to learn except that Zanzibar and Oman were ruled by the same Sultan for a long while... Better things to do in Stone Town and Zanzibar.

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