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Palace Museum (Beit al-Sahel)

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Address: Stone Town, Tanzania
Phone Number: 255 24 2231158

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Worth going for a historical perspective.

By all means use a guide, it makes the visit more interesting and supports the local economy. We found our guide to be knowledgeable and able to give a lot of additional... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 14, 2015
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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305 reviews 305 reviews
54 attraction reviews
491 helpful votes 491 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

A visit to the Palace Museum formed part of a guided half day tour of Stone Town. Once there, we were turned over to an official museum guide who escorted us through the facility and interpreted some of the exhibits. The curation is shameful. Glass covered displays are greasy with dirt and fingerprints and signage is shocking in its amateurishness.... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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23 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

By all means use a guide, it makes the visit more interesting and supports the local economy. We found our guide to be knowledgeable and able to give a lot of additional information. Be prepared to be underwhelmed visually but if you have the ability to imagine the palace in its glory rather than disrepair it helps. A bonus -... More 

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Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

The Palace museum is an interesting place to visit, a great spot to beat the scorching Zanzibar heat. I felt that the presentation of the information was a bit dull. And that the museum has tremendous potential. The history aspect was interesting, and it made for an informative hour wondering around the many rooms of the old house. A good... More 

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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59 reviews 59 reviews
22 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

It is actually a palace where Royal families of Zanzibar, and even the Foreigners during their rule, lived there. It has the things used by them and also the Furniture. It also has display of Weapons and things during that reign. It is a peaceful place just facing sea. There is small entry fee per person, but in group, you... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

You can wander around 3 levels of the palace. Plenty of interesting artifacts with small information sheets taped nearby to read. The artifacts and building aren't particularly well kept, but they were ok. Some areas seem like they're kind of off limits, but it's hard to tell. The fact that you were just kind of wandering though an old building... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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40 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

A historical high for Stone town but in total disrepair. The place is hot and dirty and the exhibits are badly looked after. An attempt to display information on the walls have been made but small and hard to read. With a major revamp the place could be worth a visit. The view of the harbour from the second floor... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

A guide is with you the whole time whose English may, or may not, make it more difficult to understand what you're looking at. The artifacts are neat, but there are few signs explaining what you're seeing. The main floors are dim, not very well lit. Overall, the palace is in a bit of disrepair, but at least it's not... More 

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Brixton London
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14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

I was shown around by the curator, he explained the history and pointed out all the interesting artefacts, answering my questions and we had a good laugh. Gives a good insight into a bygone time.

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Slough, United Kingdom
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40 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

A lovely place to walk around and see the culture from times gone by which was left by the Sultan of Oman. Inside there is plenty to read and see with the furniture and paintings. A great place to go to cool off and walk around in the heat of the day.

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London, United Kingdom
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64 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We'd visited Zanzibar twice before this visit and never spent any time in Stone Town so on this trip we decided to spend a couple of days seeing the sites. Palace Museum was the first we visited, and like many, we were surprised and disappointed at the state of the place. The room downstairs was of limited interest, but we... More 

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