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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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Toronto, Canada
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58 reviews 58 reviews
6 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
22 helpful votes 22 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
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 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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68 reviews 68 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
19 helpful votes 19 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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Varendonk, Antwerpen, Belgium
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

It is a small museum with historical artifacts from zanzibar. It is ok, but in bad condition. It needs a renovation. A tip: take a guide he'll make your visit more educational.

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London, United Kingdom
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341 reviews 341 reviews
58 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013 via mobile

Impressive looking building right on the waterfront. However there were loads of building works and was closed when I visited for renovation and didnt look like it would open anytime soon .

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