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Palace Museum (Beit al-Sahel)

Stone Town, Tanzania
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Ranked #5 of 13 attractions in Stone Town
Type: History Museums
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  • Portuguese first
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Sydney
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65 reviews 65 reviews
18 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

You can get a sense here of the glory days of the Zanzibar sultanate. However, the palace is shabby and run-down and, as a key tourist attraction it needs maintenance.

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sydney
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

So interesting, but such a pity so run down.So many treasures so neglected. A surprise to see an Austin Princess in garage, beautiful old car. If they want to do well out of tourist industry they need to smarten the place up,Worth a visit though

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London
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130 reviews 130 reviews
61 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Displays and artefacts throwing a light on the once era of the Sultans. Laid back service at the desk. A guide is not required. Be careful at the start of the visit - a guide will tag on...

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Shanghai, China
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50 reviews 50 reviews
16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

It is almost collapsing ..lack off maintainance.. If you go alone there s not interesting, but with guide you can know the realhistor of zanzibar, the famous lave trade market..the british and portuguese invasion...etc...

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West Springfield, Massachusetts
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44 reviews 44 reviews
16 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

This is what Zanzibar is all about. I kept waiting to hear about the Sultans. This tour was so much fun. Our guide was terrifiic, so knowledgeable and friendly. It was fascinating to hear about the different sultans and their wives, concubines and children. The furniture was authentic, and the older furniture wore better than the newer furniture. It was... More

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Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

Fascinating stories of a lost world. They are still using the location for meetings, weddings, dinners and shows. If offered do not miss it.

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Boulder, Colorado
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

This museum has so much potential, as the story of the sultans' families and their downfall has a lot of drama and intrigue. The museum itself, however, mostly just contains a bunch of furniture (of which you will learn the country of origin and year of import) but other than that, the rich story behind it all is somewhat lost.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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132 reviews 132 reviews
23 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

This building is fun for a short visit, especially the ceremonial rooms upstairs. Half of the exhibition appears to be devoted to a princess who eloped with a German diplomat in the late 19th century. Mildly fascinating. Great views from the terrace of the harbour and the distant not-worh-visiting Prison Island.

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Sunbury, Australia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
28 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

has stayed fairly much the same as it was when in use Great views from the top

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St. Asaph, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

It was as if the Sultan and his household had just left with all their furniture and effects left in place. Princess Salome's bedroom and clothes evoked her memory perfectly.

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