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Address: Mizingani Rd, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania

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Beautiful But Closed

This is a beautiful building, but, according to my travel guidebook, it has been shut since 2014. It seems that the local government in Stone Town perhaps haven't realised that if... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Amy B
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Very nice place to pay visit to understand the history of Tanzania and Zanzibar and ultimately the East African history. Connecting the African history from Beit Al Ajab

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Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After reading that exhibits from other museum were relocated to the House of Wonders I really wanted to see this museum. Alas it is in a horrible state and contains hardly any artifacts. If it is not restored soon, the entire structure is at danger. A sad sight.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful building, but, according to my travel guidebook, it has been shut since 2014. It seems that the local government in Stone Town perhaps haven't realised that if they spend money on renovating and improving all of the stunning old buildings and monuments in the area, they will reap the rewards in entry fees from tourists.

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Thank Amy B
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a quick look around the ground level of this historic building after a guy let us in, but then we heard it's apparently closed to the public because it's about to fall down?! Not sure what the deal is. Still saw a couple of interesting old museum-type displays about Zanzibari history & culture. Mainly it's a shame that this... More 

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Thank Lucy B
Hobart, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sadly the House of Wonders is currently closed for renovations. I should imagine it will be quite a while before these are completed or happen at all because the building looks in need of a lot of expensive work. It is an impressive building on a varied and interesting waterfront in fascinating stone town .

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Thank Nicola P
Mwanza, Tanzania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

During our visit in July 2016, the building was closed for renovation as a huge section of it fell killing at least one person. Thus we were unable to see any of the building's interior, but the exterior looked quite worn and neglected for some time. It's located near the ocean so not a bad place to pass by on... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For those who love history it's a very nice place and more so if you had been told about the tread that was there during that time it all starts to come alive its lovely

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Thank SalmonAN
Nairobi
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whilst the history of the House of Wonders was fascinating, it was a great disappointment that the building is in such a dilapidated state and was not open for one to tour inside the building. This is a huge disappointment given all the hype that the taxi driver who brought us into town had given us about the historical spots.... More 

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Thank Nthenya M
The Hague, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The House of Wonders was called so because when constructed it was one of the first in Africa with electricity. Now it is still good looking but in need of serious maintenance. It is hence also currently closed.

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Thank Hermes_NL
Cairo, Egypt
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

Nothing specific you'll see, except the old huge building, a lot of tourist guides around the place.

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