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House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib)

Mizingani Rd, Stone Town, Tanzania
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Ranked #8 of 13 Attractions in Stone Town
Type: Architectural Buildings
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Harare, Zimbabwe
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Interesting to view as part of the normal tour - sooo odd and out of place and just screams to the decadence in the history of stone town.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

The House of Wonders has re-opened (October 2014) although there appears to be no lighting which makes some of the exhibits difficult to read and the top floor is still out-of-bounds. Still it's worth a visit for the modest fee (4,000 TS if I remember correctly).

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Oregon Coast, Oregon
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We were looking forward to a tour of the House of Wonder, but it is undergoing significant remodeling, and wasn't open to the public. The progress on the construction seems to be a bit slow, so check first if this is something on your list of sites/

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WA State
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155 reviews 155 reviews
25 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

If you made it all the way to Zanzibar, you will want to see this. It is a window into the history of the island and as such a must see. Unfortunately, there is preciously little money available for upkeep of any of the historic sites so things are in need of maintenance and in many cases restoration. If you... More

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Lisbon, Portugal
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I wish it was possible to visit the building. Unfortunately a part of the building went down and there's no predicted time to reopen it!!

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Vancouver, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Although closed to public when we visited, our guide from the Palace Museum next door escorted us in and provided another informative tour. Another worthwhile museum.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014 via mobile

As a history student, I rarely find museums boring. This was appalling, in serious need of a renovation and some money thrown into it

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Cairo, Egypt
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

There is nothing to see there, the place is very neglected, everything is dusty and creepy, and there is absolutely no "wonders" to see.

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Doha, Qatar
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This was closed for maintenance during my visit in August 2014, well the history of this house is however fascinating, this place was the first to have facilities of electricity, water and elevator.

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Cape Town
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219 reviews 219 reviews
149 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This attraction was closed as out guide informed us that the building had become unsafe due to lack of maintenance. The story behind this building is fascinating, it got is name as it was one of the first in that part of the world to have an electricity, water and even an escalator which apparently now has none. Just a... More

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