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House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib)

Address: Mizingani Rd, Stone Town, Tanzania
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Ranked #19 of 29 things to do in Stone Town
Type: Architectural buildings, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Architectural buildings, Sights & Landmarks

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St. George, Utah
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Nairobi, Kenya
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83 reviews 83 reviews
23 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

I am often more tolerant of attractions in developing countries than most westerners. But here I have to draw the line. I mean there was an old boat, an old car, some old clothes, a couple of old paintings of this sultan and that one, some locked doors, one door that could be pushed open, men and women's toilets (just... More 

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Lydney, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We were reluctantly allowed in to the House of Wonders after being told it was closed. The place was in darkness and it was very difficult to read the information. We asked for the lights to be switched on but were told it was not possible. There were hardly any light bulbs anyway! We were not allowed upstairs, not sure... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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87 reviews 87 reviews
40 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

The only impressive thing about this building is that it house the first lift in Africa and the highest building at 4 stories in Zanzibar. It looks as if renovations might be happening. Dirty, hot and unexciting!

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Slough, United Kingdom
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69 reviews 69 reviews
40 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Another grand building of Stone Town thats worth a look. Plenty to see inside and right on the water front overlooking the harbour

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London, United Kingdom
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254 reviews 254 reviews
63 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This was our second stop after the Palace Museum and we have to say that in the end, we didn't really stay long here. We had been told the day before that the museum was closed, and we were told again that it was closed as we were leaving the Palace Museum. Neither were true, it's a tactic used by... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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171 reviews 171 reviews
56 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

we did tour the house of wonders 12 years ago and considering its age it is wondrous indeed with its running water, electricity etc. I cannot tell you when it will reopen again

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Stories have it that this place is called the house of wonders because it was the first house in East Africa to have electricity and an elevator. A lovely palace overlooking the harbor. Gives you a nice insight into how life was in the days of the Sultans in Zanzibar. You also get to visit Princess Salme's room. Nice bit... More 

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Mwanza, Tanzania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Completely run down with rickety stairs and a thick layer of dust over all. An amazing selection if items related to Zanzibar. a definite MUST VISIT!!

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UK
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Rather disappointed that this very historical building has been closed to the public. The building is in urgent need of restoration. Hope it is soon attended to.

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