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House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib): Tours & Tickets

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Mizingani Rd, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The history of this building was interesting as the name relates to the fact that the building had water and electricity when built. Due to renovations we were not able to access the inside.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank MoiraW1241
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

A lot said about it on the different tours, currently closed for renovation, but doesn’t look like any work is being done on it. The palace museum is next door. Apparently according to 2guides the wonder is that it had a electric elevator and electricity...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 13 October 2019 via mobile

The first house with an electricial powered elevator on the African continent! Though nowadays the building is in quite a bad shape!

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 15 September 2019

The building is very attractive and it's located on the waterfront of Stone Town so it's un unmissable landmark. It hosts the Museum of History and Culture. Anyway, at the time of our visit there were some working ongoing on the building and so the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Rosario_it
Reviewed 14 September 2019 via mobile

Housing the National Museum of Zanzibar, the House of Wonders was once a magnificent building. Unfortunately, now it has turned into a ruin and is probably only kept together by the scaffolding surrounding the building... not that is anybody working... As for the museum exhibitions......More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank GabrielM66
Reviewed 9 September 2019

OK as part of a walk but it's closed so you can't go in anyway. Dominates the landscape as you approach from the water through & it was clearly a most impressive building at some stage in the past.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank MarcoPolo200000
Reviewed 7 August 2019 via mobile

The external view is beautiful and the history around the construction of the building and the owner is just fantastic. For few minutes you have the impression to go back to the time of sultanate. Nice visit.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Auguste N
Reviewed 10 June 2019 via mobile

This must have been a beautiful building at some point but sadly stands derelict being supported by steel scaffolding. A shame as it should be the stand out attraction in this interesting little town. Not sure why there seems to be no sign of renovating...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank JJOH
Reviewed 6 June 2019 via mobile

You can see this from outside as it is currently under renovation. Called the House of Wonder because it was the first house in the region to have had an elevator inside it for the 3 floors inside the building... as per our guide... this...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank joviee2017
Reviewed 27 May 2019

The name emanates from the fact that it was the first house in Zanzibar to be provided with electricity and an elevator. Unfortunately in recent years the rear wall collapsed, as the building had fallen into disrepair, and is ‘currently’ under refurbishment. From its appearance...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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