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“Found what I was looking for!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib)

House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib)
Mizingani Rd, Stone Town, Tanzania
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Ranked #9 of 13 attractions in Stone Town
Type: Architectural Buildings
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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
“Found what I was looking for!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

A three story museum dedicated to the history of Zanzibar. I went to find the artifacts of David Livingston and what I could of Stanley. Found and photographed what I was looking for then ventured out to the balcony for a great view of the harbour.

Visited October 2012
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Doha, Qatar
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“I wonder why I bothered...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

House of Wonders it may have been when it first opened, but those days are sadly long gone. Decrepit building with tired and faded exhibits is an accurate description of today's House of Wonders. Which is a shame because it has so much potential to be better, much better - especially as most of Zanzibar's annual 250,000 tourists will tramp through it during their trips.

The government needs to invest the ticket revenue into maintaining the building.

Visited October 2012
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Warsaw, Poland
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“Symbol of Stone Town”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

Part of history, you can learn about history of the city and Zanzibar island visiting small museum inside.

Visited October 2012
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Kingsbridge, United Kingdom
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“Worth a visit ...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

There are many very interesting things to see which help to explain the history of Zanzibar so it is well worth visiting.
It is quite run down and some areas require negotiating around scaffolding (health & safety officers should avoid this place as you would have a fit!!) so it needs extra funding to restore it to what it should be.
One very revealing aspect is a room which describes the progress of Zanzibar and is extremely candid about everything including the very negative aspects of tourism on the culture and architecture (it gives the positives as well) which you probably would not find in many museums around the world.

Visited October 2012
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Istanbul, Turkey
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“not worth to visit”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

really not worth to visit!

there was a nice view from the top, but there were nothing else to see................

Visited September 2012
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