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Palace Museum (Beit al-Sahel)

Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
+255 24 223 1158
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Great History, But Restoration In Needed.

With the fact that there are no guides to help explaining in details as you tour the building there... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
augustiner2018
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Old marvel

It could seem a little bit abandoned just at a first view. But this is a jewel related to the... read more

Reviewed 11 May 2018
Davide T
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Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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+255 24 223 1158
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"original furniture"
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"state of disrepair"
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"old building"
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"paintings"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

With the fact that there are no guides to help explaining in details as you tour the building there is a need for restoration and repair like any other stone town building. Inside you will be marveled by the huge glasses from Persians as well...More

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Reviewed 11 May 2018 via mobile

It could seem a little bit abandoned just at a first view. But this is a jewel related to the colonial times, and it shows all the magnificence of past times. Its best views maybe from the pronenade.

Thank Davide T
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

It is important to start your tour of Zanzibar with some history and this is a good place. Lots of information from guide but the palace needs lots of attention as do many other places in Zanzibar

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Reviewed 8 April 2018

On a walking tour of Stone Town we stopped by the admire this old building of yesteryear. In it's heyday it would have been spectacular. There is talk that it will be fully restored by the Sultan of Omar. Let's hope so.

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Reviewed 18 March 2018

I have always been fascinated by history and how people used to live. So, seeing how Stonetown's royalty lived for hundreds of years at the Palace Museum was an awesome experience! Stunning views and gripping stories of the earliest inhabitants of Beit al-Sahel.

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Reviewed 11 March 2018

This is a building along the waterfront from Forodhani garden. It used to be the Sultan’s palace but is now supposed to be a museum. Some rooms and furniture are on show. But like everything in this country every exhibit is in a poor state...More

1  Thank SalimM
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Reviewed 10 March 2018

The guides are excited to tell you the story, but it’s sort of sad the state this place is in. When you stroll around StoneTown you’ll note it really isn’t as picturesque as you probably imagined, Zanzibar has such a positive connotation, it seems like...More

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Reviewed 8 March 2018

There is little of interest and the entire place, the building and the exhibits are in poor condition.

1  Thank Paulette N
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Reviewed 6 March 2018

This was the former palace of the Sultan of Zanzibar and Oman. It contains old furniture and possessions of the sultan and his family. The compound also has a burial ground for members of the sultans family. Entrance fee for foreigners is Tsh 6,000. Not...More

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Reviewed 26 February 2018 via mobile

Interesting restored seafront palace with furniture/paintings etc depicting a bygone era! One of the most interesting places I visited!

Thank Jane G
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