Princess Salme Museum at Emerson on Hurumzi

Princess Salme Museum at Emerson on Hurumzi

Princess Salme Museum at Emerson on Hurumzi
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  • Max Stanton
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates57 contributions
    MUST visit - passionate museum tour with Said
    If I could give 10 stars I would. What an amazing experience, after entering the front door we were warmly greeted by Said and welcomed to the museum (despite it already being after closing time). Poor planning on our part, but the extremely interesting story of Princess Salme was shared with us with such passion that it was impossible to become caught up in this historical tale. Whatever you do, make sure that you take the guided tour, as without Said’s passionate storytelling you will miss out on the full experience. Well worth the time, well worth the money, I would strongly advise anyone interested in history to visit. Thank you Said for sharing your passion and time
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 31, 2023
  • Ludovic D
    7 contributions
    45-min deep dive I to 2nd half of 19th century history of Zanzibar
    We had read about the museum in the lonely planet guide and for anyone interested in a deep dive into the history of the 2nd half of the 19th century in Zanzibar and the rich life of princess Salme from the court of the Omani sultan to Germany and Syria the museum is worth the visit. It boasts photographs of that period, highlights some parts of Princess Salme’s autobiography, showing on posters texts describing historical aspects and illustrations that allow to have a better picture of the life at the time of the adventures she went through. The visit was completed within 45 min and the guardian is very keen on sharing some more information.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 17, 2023
  • Virginia D
    18 contributions
    Passionate about a revolutionary
    Dr Said provided us with a wonderful description of Princess Salme's life from Mtoni Palace to living in Germany. His passion is obvious and shone through a vivid explanation of Princess Salme's experiences and desire to educate herself and see her children and grandchildren carry on her wishes. The many props in this small museum provide tangible reminders of how her life entertwined with that of Zanzibar's history.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 30, 2023
  • Lisa L
    Toronto, Canada13 contributions
    Gem of a museum
    Some travel friends recommended this museum to me and it was the highlight of my trip to Stonetown. Said is absolutely lovely and so knowledgeable about the subject matter. It was a very personal experience and he is so much better than most tour guides that I have encountered here mumbling rote facts. The difference is that he cares and it clearly shows. Well worth the time and money.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 23, 2023
  • Luce wa Chala
    3 contributions
    A brilliant hidden gem- Makumbusho ya kushangaza
    My husband and I were lucky to be given a passionate and incredibly knowledgeable tour from Dr Said and his four trainee guides. The story of Princess Salme was fantastic and brought to light the impact of gender roles, cultural differences and orientalism during the 19th Century. The museum itself is small but full of wonderful artifacts and curiosities alongside a detailed timeline of the Princess' life, a real credit to Dr Said and his dedication to capturing this important story of Zanzibar. We would heartily recommend this for anyone who is interested in social history- it is a must do attraction for first time Stone Town visitors and those who have roots on Unjuga. We wish the best of luck to the four young guides and maybe we could have a walking tour with them in the future! Asanteni
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 28, 2023
  • Cindy H
    Indianapolis, Indiana15 contributions
    Princess Salame is Interesting, the Museum Guide, Said, Is Too
    The museum is just 2 rooms at the end of a long row of tourist shops. There’s not a lot of actual display but Said’s passion for the life of Princess Salame, as well as his in-depth knowledge of Zanzibar history make this a great stop. He obviously cares a great deal about both topics and it comes through. File this under things we never learned in school (at least in the US), fascinating.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 4, 2023
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Ludovic D
7 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
We had read about the museum in the lonely planet guide and for anyone interested in a deep dive into the history of the 2nd half of the 19th century in Zanzibar and the rich life of princess Salme from the court of the Omani sultan to Germany and Syria the museum is worth the visit. It boasts photographs of that period, highlights some parts of Princess Salme’s autobiography, showing on posters texts describing historical aspects and illustrations that allow to have a better picture of the life at the time of the adventures she went through. The visit was completed within 45 min and the guardian is very keen on sharing some more information.
Written June 17, 2023
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Amelie T
Lisbon, Portugal7 contributions
May 2023 • Solo
They simply didn’t let me enter the museum because I was followed by someone on the street. I insisted to enter and do the visit and they cynically told me « next time you come to Zanzibar come back without a guide following you ». Not even wondered if I was safe
Written May 6, 2023
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Virginia D
18 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
Dr Said provided us with a wonderful description of Princess Salme's life from Mtoni Palace to living in Germany. His passion is obvious and shone through a vivid explanation of Princess Salme's experiences and desire to educate herself and see her children and grandchildren carry on her wishes. The many props in this small museum provide tangible reminders of how her life entertwined with that of Zanzibar's history.
Written June 30, 2023
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Lisa L
Toronto, Canada13 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
Some travel friends recommended this museum to me and it was the highlight of my trip to Stonetown. Said is absolutely lovely and so knowledgeable about the subject matter. It was a very personal experience and he is so much better than most tour guides that I have encountered here mumbling rote facts. The difference is that he cares and it clearly shows. Well worth the time and money.
Written August 23, 2023
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Cindy H
Indianapolis, IN15 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
The museum is just 2 rooms at the end of a long row of tourist shops. There’s not a lot of actual display but Said’s passion for the life of Princess Salame, as well as his in-depth knowledge of Zanzibar history make this a great stop.

He obviously cares a great deal about both topics and it comes through.

File this under things we never learned in school (at least in the US), fascinating.
Written October 4, 2023
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bsc280
Atlanta4 contributions
Dec 2019
This little museum is rich in history and insights. Said is also a great guide. You can contact him for a Princess Salme tour around Stone Town which gives you many additional insights into Zanzibar of the 19th century. For a richer experience, read Salme's Memoirs of an Arabian Princess before you go!
Written December 18, 2019
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mushin9
Boston, MA7 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
The museum curator was extremely knowledgeable. The guided tour was fabulous. The guided walk through the life of the Princess takes about an hour. Worth your time.
Written February 13, 2019
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London25 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
This is a fantastic little place. We only had a short time in stone town and wondered what to do culturally - we didn’t have any good guide recommendations. But this place was just fantastic. Really in depth information about princess Salme by a dedicated curator. A unique way of learning about Zanzibar!
Written July 7, 2018
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Mimmina1967
Mwanza, Tanzania8 contributions
Feb 2017 • Friends
If you want to learn about a strong intelligent woman ahead of her time, there is no better place than at PSM. The curator is passionate and knowledgeable. Moreover, he made time during a hectic weekend to share his knowledge. Feeling very grateful to have friends whom would suggest visiting this particular museum.
Written February 26, 2017
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Marnie B
Ogden, UT15 contributions
Oct 2019
We read about Princess Salme and her book in our Tanzania Lonely Planet book. We found her book available on the internet, then received much more education at the museum and from Said who is the curator. Fascinating history!
Written November 2, 2019
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