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House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib)

Mizingani Rd, Stone Town, Tanzania
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Ranked #9 of 13 attractions in Stone Town
Type: Architectural Buildings
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Belgrade, Serbia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This place is closed down for the public since it is partially in ruins. Due to lack of funding it is unlikely it will open anytime soon. Since it is very likely that you will pass in front of it during your stay, take a few minutes to look at the grand facade.

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Ronneby, Sweden
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165 reviews 165 reviews
136 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

This is the national museum. It has a very interesting history of Zanzibar. The place is not open for public, but they let me in anyway when I asked. It tells you about how the people lived/lives here, how the language spread and Zanzibars different dishes. It has stories about the slavery. It has stories about how the religion spread... More

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Toronto, Canada
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60 reviews 60 reviews
6 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

A friend had recommended visiting the House of Wonders for the rooftop view. What we didn't anticipate was the $6US admission fee--each. Even though the museum itself was closed for "refurbishment." One of the three sleeping security guards woke up to unlock the door to the roof so we could go out---which was dodgy (soft spots in the roof ready... More

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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
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Old beautiful building with very lovely location, the place was closed for the guests as part of it has caved down. Would have loved to walk in and explore the place

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Karlstadt, Germany
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60 reviews 60 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

the main gate close! i go from behind! the door open! i go into free! but waht you can see!? nothing! i need 2 min to see some boots! after 3 min one man come from somewere and told me that i need to pay for this!? i smile and go away! forget it!

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014 via mobile

Repairs are moving at African speed (TAB - that's Africa baby). Apparently the house of wonder because is was the first to get electricity & an elevator.

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Albury, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Fantastic old building with an amazing staircase which leads you to all the amazing items on display in this building. Central to the building is the elevator. The Dhow on the ground floor gives people a true insight of how sailors sailed the seas and travelled between the mainland and Zanzibar. Well worth a visit.

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Dublin, Ireland
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67 reviews 67 reviews
21 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Our guide explained that this once-lavish building has been allowed to fall into disrepair. A major structural crack was observed but the "pole-pole" (meaning slowly, slowly, let's not rush or worry) attitude meant that repair work was not undertaken and part of the building collapsed. The entire building is now out of bounds until repairs are completed so we didn't... More

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Salalah, Oman
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

I'm sure at its heyday it was fantastic but the building has not been maintained and artifacts are poorly displayed.

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Warsaw, Poland
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

It's a mildly interesting building but probably better when the museum is open. Best seen as part of a general Stone Town tour rather than a destination venue.

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