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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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Tehran, Iran
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48 reviews 48 reviews
27 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

this museum is just a collection of a few photographs and three furnished rooms. 10 minutes is quite enough

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Vatican City, Italy
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This country was ruled by the Omani Royal family for years before the Brits (East India Trading Inc.) orchestrated a coup and removed them. You will remember this museum

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Durban, South Africa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Very interesting. Our tour guide very knowledgeable. THe view from the Terrace is beautiful and you can take great photos from there. Mirrors everywhere and the history is very interesting

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Durban, South Africa
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 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!

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 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.

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Ronneby, Sweden
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179 reviews 179 reviews
150 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 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... More

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Stanwick, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

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
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 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... More

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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
4 helpful votes 4 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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