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Palace Museum (Beit al-Sahel)

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The way of living in Zanzibar...by a selected group

30 minutes, not more...imaging the way of living by the sultan dynasty in Zanzibar (sultans from... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Knokke-Heist, Belgium
It bit worn out palace of the Sultan - but definitely worth to visit

The old place of the sultan of Oman - the last one to rule Zanzibar is a little worn out but worth... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Helsinki, Finland
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Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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Reviewed 1 week ago

What a disappointment. Obviously once a beautiful palace but has been left to rot and is now a complete dump. Embarrassingly bad. Filthy dirty everywhere - broken furniture - peeling paint. Just awful. In need of renovation - such a shame the government don't step...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth an hour or so to visit this place. The student guide was very knowledgeable and we were able to book other tours through the museum.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Lorraine554
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

30 minutes, not more...imaging the way of living by the sultan dynasty in Zanzibar (sultans from Oman !!!)...you should see it, but do not expect the European set up of a museum...

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The old place of the sultan of Oman - the last one to rule Zanzibar is a little worn out but worth the visit. I hope our contributions help to restore this site and give back a little bit its grandeur. It will add nicely...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Amyproductions
Reviewed 7 December 2018

I probably missed out a bit by declining a guide, but like all of Stone Town it seems, quite fascinating although sadly deteriorating. A jumble of rooms with old furniture and a few historical artifacts relating to the former sultans that used to live there....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Cannuckk
Reviewed 5 December 2018 via mobile

Walking through the rooms really takes you back to the time when sultans used to live here. You’ll get a free guided tour of the place, paying just $3 pp, and get to know a lot about the history, the sultans, different times in Zanzibar....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Applefee
Reviewed 2 December 2018

It is worthy to pass for a visit here. It’s the Sultan‘s of Zanzibar Royal Palace and you will discover a lot of interesting things about the history of this Tanzania Island. Cheap ticket fee

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Topquarck
Reviewed 19 November 2018

Best to get the guide to talk you around the place, because without a little background you wont get a huge amount from it as there is virtually no info inside. Like most old places in Zanzibar is has been left to decay so is...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank MikeFo
Reviewed 8 October 2018

We had a very knowledgeable guide who was happy to take us around at our own pace. Spent and hour or so reading up on the History of Zanzibar.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Lynne R
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

This was a palace used by the Sultan back on the day and is probably a good starting point for immersing yourself in the rich culture and history of Zanzibar. It may not be very well kept but displays many of the old artifacts and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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