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Address: Mizingani Rd, Stone Town, Tanzania

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Closed Exterior Tour

We walked by the Museum with a tour guide but were not allowed in because allegedly work was being conducted. We did hear some background about the building, its history... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed March 8, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

The House of Wonder was a marvel of Modern Technology at the beginning of the 20th Century. The first biuiling in Africa with Elecricity, Running Water and a Lift. Now it has none of the above and is in a Stae of Collapse. So much so that one may no longer enter. Shame on Unesco for allowing this to happen... More 

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Zanzibar Stone Town
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Did not know before that "The House of Wonders" is the first building to use electricity and elevator in East and Central Africa regions, i learned a lot of Sultans' histories and Swahili life styles. With the bracing air from the Indian Ocean, the view, the inside and outside layouts, it really represents the history of Stone Town. They must... More 

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306 reviews 306 reviews
55 attraction reviews
497 helpful votes 497 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We walked by the Museum with a tour guide but were not allowed in because allegedly work was being conducted. We did hear some background about the building, its history, amenities, and finishes. It certainly is one of the most imposing buildings in the old city, but like so many others, it appears to be in a state of disrepair.... More 

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St. George, Utah
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
29 helpful votes 29 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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93 reviews 93 reviews
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42 helpful votes 42 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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75 reviews 75 reviews
44 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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264 reviews 264 reviews
64 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 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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97 helpful votes 97 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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