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Address: Mizingani Rd, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania

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Greatness of Zanzibar Sultanate

If you catch the guide your visit will be satisfactoy and you'll have an idea of the greatness of Stone Town and of that Sultanate, despite the very bad condition of the building... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

If you catch the guide your visit will be satisfactoy and you'll have an idea of the greatness of Stone Town and of that Sultanate, despite the very bad condition of the building that is almost sadly abandoned...

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

House of Wonders in not open for public viewing as it is undergoing extensive renovation so we were only able to take photos of the facade and listen to the history of the building.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

The House of Wonders was a wonder 200 years ago when it was the first residential home in East Africa to boast 3 stories , an indoor lift and indoor plumbing .It is now a museum ??? but appeared closed up.We did go in the massive doors , just to be charged to see any further. The place is derelict... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

An absolute necessity to visit when in Zanzibar! A most impressive window into the cultural and social historical perspective on the Island.

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Dalen, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Since a part of the gallery collapsed, the house of wonders is officially off limits for tourists, but in fact, you can go in easily. There is a fund aimed at restoring the place, but with the laissez-faire approach of the local government, I am unsure if this wil happen this generation. Collection hasn't changed in 10 years, but is... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

A sorry mess and not open to the public as it is falling down in places. Believe it may house an interesting collection but couldn't verify. Such a shame.....

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

The House of Wonder was a marvel of Modern Technology at the beginning of the 20th Century. The first biuiling in Africa with Elecricity, Running Water and a Lift. Now it has none of the above and is in a Stae of Collapse. So much so that one may no longer enter. Shame on Unesco for allowing this to happen... More 

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Zanzibar Stone Town
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Did not know before that "The House of Wonders" is the first building to use electricity and elevator in East and Central Africa regions, i learned a lot of Sultans' histories and Swahili life styles. With the bracing air from the Indian Ocean, the view, the inside and outside layouts, it really represents the history of Stone Town. They must... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We walked by the Museum with a tour guide but were not allowed in because allegedly work was being conducted. We did hear some background about the building, its history, amenities, and finishes. It certainly is one of the most imposing buildings in the old city, but like so many others, it appears to be in a state of disrepair.... More 

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St. George, Utah
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Closed due to massive repairs that need to be done. We were told it was a government issue with the funds.

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Address: Address: Mizingani Rd, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Location: Africa  >  Tanzania  >  Zanzibar Archipelago  >  Zanzibar Island  >  Zanzibar City  >  Stone Town

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