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Palace Museum (Beit al-Sahel)

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Address: Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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+255 24 223 1158

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Worth viewing if you want to know more history whilst visiting Stone Town

Was worth a visit although after seeing it and if I ran out of time completely during my Stone Town visit it wouldn't have matter if I missed it

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Sydney, Australia
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a small entrance fee to this museum and you can either go round on your own (and not learn much) or take a museum guide who will explain everything in detail. It was originally the Sultan's Palace and contains some of the original furniture, many paintings and photographs. Some of the official treaties between Zanzibar and other countries... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Was worth a visit although after seeing it and if I ran out of time completely during my Stone Town visit it wouldn't have matter if I missed it

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Belgrade, Serbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First, don't expect any lavish palace or museum. It's a pretty run down and neglected edifice on a prime location across the sea, 200 meters from Forodhani park. It was the first palace built on Zanzibar at the end of 19 cent for the sultan, and it became his residence. After the 1964 revolution,it became the peoples palace while later... More 

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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Obviously the palace doesn't look like it did in its prime but it's still looking pretty good inside. In the day when the sultans actually lived there it must really have been quite impressive. There's a lot of beautiful wood on the staircases and most of the carvings on the furniture are amazing. The tour guide did a great job... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Quite run down but the tour guide (free but give a tip) was very knowledgeable and interesting - very proud of the history. Mainly furniture, photos and paintings. very run down .

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2017

The delapidated state of this building is a great shame to what, at one time would have been glorious. Just from the outside alone with gates hanging off hinges etc just leaves one thinking of an historic past that lives no longer. Very sad.

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Multan, Pakistan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2017

The Palace Museum is a large white building on the seafront of Zanzibar along the Indian Ocean on Mizingani Road in Stone Town. From outside it looks like a Ghost Museum. It was built as Sultan's Palace in 1890s for members of the sultan's family. In 1911 it became the official residence of the Sultan of Zanzibar. After the 1964... More 

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Maur, Switzerland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2017

The Palace Museum is a littel disappointing. There are very few pieces of furniture and of poor quality. Many rooms are completely empty but you ca buy the book "The princess of Zanzibar" in many languages

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Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2017

I recommend visiting with a guide !! very interesting & very informative and must see for all tourists to StoneTown.The first thing you see is an amazing old car and then all the old and typical staff of the age. The view from the terrace was spectacular !!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2017

We were shown round by a most enthusiastic guide who knew his stuff! Unfortunately the Palace does need some upkeep - it is being kept as it was when lived in - a wonderful history lesson. Hard sell on way out to buy the book Princess wrote but other than this a most interesting visit

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