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“Boring” 2 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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Hong Kong, China
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Boring”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Not much to learn except that Zanzibar and Oman were ruled by the same Sultan for a long while... Better things to do in Stone Town and Zanzibar.

Visited December 2013
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Leiden, The Netherlands
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“The real explanation of history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

First this museum looks just like a museum but when you have a second glance, read the texts and listen to your personal guide, history becomes very vivid. We had the luck to have a very good guide (obligatory but realy recommendable), willing to answer our questions. This look into the old habitat and daily life of the family in charge of Zanzibar is impressive but should be completed by a visit to the slavemarket afterwards. This will make you wonder......

Visited July 2013
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Cork, Ireland
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83 reviews 83 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“A short but interesting tour”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

I think this tour is worth doing for only 5000shilling (approx $4). You definitely get a sense of some of Zanzibar's history, including the princess who eloped and married a German business man!

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Salalah, Oman
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Not worth a visit”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

This building was probably amazing in its time but it is very dilapidated and the artifacts are poorly maintained.

Visited October 2013
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Ballarat, Australia
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144 reviews 144 reviews
54 attraction reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
“My Guide was FABULOUS!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

It was fascinating to enter the world of Zanzibar royals. I loved the traditional and art deco furnishings.The screens and the architecture.
Sadly, the building is crumbling, but the museum staff do as much as they can, to bring to life the various exhibitions and rooms.
My guide was a veritable fountain of knowledge and made my experience informative, personal, entertaining and enjoyable!

Visited September 2013
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