House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib), Zanzibar City

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Admire colonial and fin-de-si├Ęcle architecture at House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib), a landmark building in Stone Town. Built in 1883 as a modern lavish palace for a pro-British sultan and slave trader, this extravagant building was the first in Zanzibar to have electricity and running water. Today, it houses a museum of local heritage. Learn about the culture of coastal and inland Swahili tribes, browsing through a collection of artifacts and photographs, and explore restored period rooms. Don't miss the highlight, a large mtepe, or traditional Swahili boat. Check out the cannons in the yard, and get a great view of the port and a historic fort. Put House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib) at the forefront of your travel plans using our Zanzibar City tour builder app.
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  • National Museum is known as the House of Wonders. The first building in East Africa and Central to be with Electricity/tape water was very higher during colonial time. Unfortunately now has already... 
    National Museum is known as the House of Wonders. The first building in East Africa and Central to be with Electricity/tape water was very higher during colonial time. Unfortunately now has already...  more »
  • This building is partially collapsed and not open. Currently under construction. Nothing to see here. 
    This building is partially collapsed and not open. Currently under construction. Nothing to see here.  more »
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  • Cool place
  • One of the better maintained historical buildings. Unfortunately most other buildings in this Unesco world heritage site are in an appalling condition.

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