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Address: Mizingani Rd, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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The facility is currently undergoing restorations. Limited access at this stage but still an impressive site to visit. Our tour guide painted a very detailed picture of what the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Dar es Salaam
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Its one of the places you have to visit in znz very close to the ferry and close to local amenities. Theres a lot of history to see and read. For that educational tpur its really a nice place.

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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The facility is currently undergoing restorations. Limited access at this stage but still an impressive site to visit. Our tour guide painted a very detailed picture of what the house was like in its prime era.

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Thank J L
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318 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On one hand, this is a nice museum with many Arab relics and also a big ship in the main hall. On the other hand, the building is kind of neglected and looks not maintained. There are many many rooms, but only one room on the second floor was open with exhibitions and the main hall ground floor. It's not... More 

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Egypt
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the building is nice, old one, i saw the place like every building there, i enjoy my time there with a piece of history.

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Thank mohosman
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

In a shocking state of disrepair. Beautiful old building being left to rot. The exhibits are also a poor attempt at knowledge sharing. Honestly a very poor show. Very sad to see.

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Lymington, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place was closed because it is in such a state of disrepair it is unsafe to enter,a big disappointment.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The House of Wonders no more. It was really disappointing to see that such an iconic historical building had fallen into such disrepair. The roof was collapsing and we were told that we could not enter. You can walk up to the main door only where sadly local homeless people make shelter under the veranda. Hopefully one day this historical... More 

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Thank Pecanslice
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

The tour guide explained the history of the building but you weren't allowed iin, even though the doors were open. In desperate need of renovation. Some of the homeless were sleeping on the verandah, so at least they had a roof over their head.

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Belgrade, Serbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 787 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

This edifice is certainly the most imposing bldg of Zanzibar. It dominates the skyline and is easily seen from sea when returning from Prison island. It was the ceremonial palace of the second Omani sultan, son of the first one who built the palace which is now Palace museum (200 m ahead). It is called House of wonders because it... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

It sounded very lavish for its day (1883) and amazing with interesting historic displays. "The grandest structure in Zanzibar" according to the latest Lonely Planet Tanzania. However, Lonely Planet also says it has been closed since 2012 until further notice. Because of neglect it is unsafe. It was certainly still closed when we there last month (Feb 2017)

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