We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Mizingani Rd, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Improve this listing

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 310 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 41
    Excellent
  • 80
    Very good
  • 94
    Average
  • 64
    Poor
  • 31
    Terrible
Jan

Wonderous from the outside though much in disrepair. No access to inside so that was disappointing. Alas still a landmark

3 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Nlenigma
,
Corner Brook, Canada
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

310 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Athens, Greece
Level Contributor
77 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the famous buildings in Stone town. Unfortunately half od the roof have been colapsed and there is not ongoing work of repairing. You can admire it from outside though.

Helpful?
Thank Nikolaos82
Corner Brook, Canada
Level Contributor
321 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderous from the outside though much in disrepair. No access to inside so that was disappointing. Alas still a landmark

Helpful?
Thank Nlenigma
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the house of Wonders for about thirty minutes and a guide told us - in short- all about the history of the island. The interior of the building is very impressive. So a very interesting and doable visit to escape in the midday heat: We recommend it! Entrance fee is 5 dollar pp + tip for guide.

Helpful?
Thank Charlotte d
Adelaide, Australia
Level Contributor
58 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I do wonder when/if it will reopen. It didn't like any work has been happening here for a long time. It would be a great place to see if they manage to save it from total destruction which I sure hope they do. Forodhani Park at the front is lack lustre too.

Helpful?
Thank AussieBella
Johannesburg, South Africa
Level Contributor
101 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Looks like an interesting building but no proper signage left everyone standing about wondering whether they can enter or not. Overlooks the harbour and Forodhani Gardens. Would have liked to have seen more of it!

Helpful?
Thank Desigan_Naik
Level Contributor
12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was the first building in Africa to have electricity or an electric lift, hence the name. However the Zanzibari authorities have absolutely left it to rot. Recently there was a major roof collapse. It's great to see from the outside, but quite obviously not great up close and very unsafe.

Helpful?
Thank Kai W
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
Level Contributor
19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's quite a landmark in Stone Town but I have been able to only admire it from the outside. This place has been closed for renovation right through 2015 and there is no telling when it will be opened. During the November rains part of the scaffolding collapsed and the road was closed for a some time.

Helpful?
Thank PostcardTales
Auckland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

Such a pity someone does not restaurate, would be amaizng and now is just going to be ruined , so many things in stone city are that way

Helpful?
Thank Manya63
Northumberland
Level Contributor
29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

It was fairly recently renovated with the aid of grants and they have done a great job using original methods. Worth a visit.

Helpful?
Thank pethal
Bray on Thames, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
219 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 273 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015 via mobile

Went and was pleasantly surprised. Needs a tour guide to get the best but we really didn't get much say in that. Having been shown around there was a tip required on top of the entrance fees. I actually found it interesting, it would have been total pants without our guide so $5 well spent. I think this is one... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank JonnersB

Travelers who viewed House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib) also viewed

Stone Town, Zanzibar City
Stone Town, Zanzibar City
 

Been to House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib)? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib) staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?