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House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib)

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

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Reviewed 1 week ago

its better from outside, from inside they have not kept in best of condition. Still i would say worth a visit to learn and understand the history of Stonetown.

Thank Nirav D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visiting Zanzibar doing city tour you will definitely able to see this house of wonder located next to old fort and opposite direction to Forodhani park known as Forodhani garden House of wonder was the first building in all East Africa to have lift and...More

Thank Glory H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although it's a bit of a shame the building itself hasn't been kept up better, the museum still holds a lot of information about Swahili history and culture, and is worth a visit when you're in Stone Town. It is easy to see how splendid...More

Thank runhaags
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

Very good sultan house the tour guide is amazing he give you complete sultan familly information and history at the he will take you on rooftop ....unique amazing sea view take a selfie pic.....as attached pic

Thank Muhsin A
Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

Toured Stone Town and marvelled at this building In its time is lived up to its name being the first building to have modern amenities like electricity and lifts. The architecture was splendid however due to refurbishment we were unable to go inside however the...More

Thank mikemcdowell2014
Reviewed 21 September 2017

The House of Wonders is unfortunately still closed and needs to be fixed very soon. It would a pity if such an historic building would collapse... Looking forward to the reopening!

1  Thank DrChevin
Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

Run-down, almost empty of displays. A total ruin of a nineteenth century building and a disgrace to its owners and Zanzibar. Touts out the front try to lure people in but the building itself looks unsafe with great gaps in the verandah floors.

Thank Peter O
Reviewed 16 September 2017

when we plan to visit it, they told us it was under renovation (was closed due to not safe for visitors & tourists)

Thank suliman a
Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

While the building looks amazing from outside, I so wanted to see it from the inside. Unfortunately, the building is closed for renovation. The huge door & pillars are a great sight to capture

Thank Alvito T
Reviewed 8 September 2017

It was closed while we were here and looked like it had been closed a while. Very run down. Supposedly the first house to get electricity which may have been a wonder many years ago, but does not really make it much of an attraction....More

Thank Roy F
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10 September 2016|
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Response from Steven M | Reviewed this property |
Agree, will be open....