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

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Not that well put together and few English signs. You should have a guide with you if you want to know what things are.

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Karla M
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not that well put together and few English signs. You should have a guide with you if you want to know what things are.

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Manhattan Beach, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We explored Stone Town on our own and decided to tour this palace instead of the House of Wonders because we were warned it was actually closed but locals would try to take your money to give you a "tour." For a small fee you can tour the palace on your own or there are people who work there who... More 

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Kristiansand, Norway
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum has a lot from the old days. It is definitely a "must" while in Stone Town. It will not take much of your time... But it is sad to see that they are unable to take care of the wonderful furniture and pieces of art in the museum - or even the building itself. I am not wure... More 

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addo
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This has the potential to be one of East Africas best museums....please can the authorities there just give it some tender loving care, I could be a good income generator!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The building itself is definitely worth a visit - its quite interesting inside and the guide tells you bits and pieces about its history. Having said that, however, our guide did not seem to be very enthusiastic about his job - I felt he was rushing through the tour. Despite all that, it is still worth a visit cause of... More 

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Thank sunshine19828282
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the museum as part of the stone town tour. Very helpful having a guide with us as we were able to learn more than if we had just wandered round. Situated close to the park a nice place to visit if you are interested in the culture and history.

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Hatfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Palace Museum is situated near Fordhani Gardens and close to the House of Wonders and is worthwhile visiting to find out more about the history of the island and the sultans that ruled it. A guide will take you through, explaining the various pictures and displays. Although that means they set the pace a bit (and if you are... More 

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Gampaha, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited this place. a very interesting place to understand and study the history of Zanzibar. really impressed.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

There are 3 must-see museums in stone town and they can be visit easily as they are side-by-side.The old fort,house of wonders and this palace,Beit-al-Sahel.

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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

A very interesting visit back into the time of the Sultans ruling over the island of Zanzibar. One could almost envision them still presiding over the island and living in the museum. The guide was very friendly and informative and told us everything we wanted to know. If you visit Stone Town make sure to go past this museum.

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