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“Shabby grandeur” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Palace Museum (Beit al-Sahel)

Palace Museum (Beit al-Sahel)
Stone Town, Tanzania
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Ranked #5 of 13 Attractions in Stone Town
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Sydney
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78 reviews 78 reviews
21 attraction reviews
Reviews in 54 cities Reviews in 54 cities
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
“Shabby grandeur”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

You can get a sense here of the glory days of the Zanzibar sultanate. However, the palace is shabby and run-down and, as a key tourist attraction it needs maintenance.

Visited October 2012
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sydney
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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“Wonderful part of Towns History”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

So interesting, but such a pity so run down.So many treasures so neglected. A surprise to see an Austin Princess in garage, beautiful old car. If they want to do well out of tourist industry they need to smarten the place up,Worth a visit though

Visited October 2012
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London
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61 attraction reviews
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106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
“Enter the world of the Sultans”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Displays and artefacts throwing a light on the once era of the Sultans. Laid back service at the desk. A guide is not required. Be careful at the start of the visit - a guide will tag on...

Visited September 2012
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Shanghai, China
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“Average... Collapsing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

It is almost collapsing ..lack off maintainance.. If you go alone there s not interesting, but with guide you can know the realhistor of zanzibar, the famous lave trade market..the british and portuguese invasion...etc...

Visited September 2012
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West Springfield, Massachusetts
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Finally the Sultans”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

This is what Zanzibar is all about. I kept waiting to hear about the Sultans. This tour was so much fun. Our guide was terrifiic, so knowledgeable and friendly. It was fascinating to hear about the different sultans and their wives, concubines and children. The furniture was authentic, and the older furniture wore better than the newer furniture. It was sorry to see the state of the graveyard, but there was a man watching over them. Well worth a tip to the guide to take in this amazing building.

Visited August 2012
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