Palace Museum (Beit al-Sahel), Zanzibar City

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Tour restored period rooms and see thrones of sultans at Palace Museum (Beit al-Sahel), a lavish three-story pavilion and former residence of the sultans of Zanzibar. The ground floor details the early years of the 19th-century British-installed sultanate with an impressive collection of artifacts. See ceremonial furniture, a life-size painting of young Queen Elizabeth II, various portraits, banqueting tables, and the room of a princess who eloped to Hamburg with a German merchant in 1866. The palace gardens house tombs of sultans and the terrace on the upper floor provides a superb view of the seafront. Step out into the yard to see a vintage Austin Princess luxury car once used by the top British colonial official. Work out when and for how long to visit Palace Museum (Beit al-Sahel) and other Zanzibar City attractions using our handy Zanzibar City road trip planning tool.
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  • This museum is currently empty. All furniture, fixtures and art have been removed for renovations and it doesn’t look like any renovations are scheduled in the near future.  more »
  • This museum has partially collapsed. It is not open nor will it be open any time soon. There are a few exhibits on the outside but there is really nothing to detain you.  more »
  • This is a very interesting stop for those who are history buffs, others may be a little bored by it. This is the original palace of the sultans completed in 1832 and was home to all of them, their concubines and family until the 12th sultan fled to the UK in the Zanzibar Revolution. It has period pieces and some copies on display of trade pacts, armaments, cars, furniture (most of the display is furniture) from the sultans. A few of the stops along the way have beautiful views of the ocean. Worth a look.
  • If you are visiting Zanzibar, Beit-el-Sahel or Palace museum is a Must to visit which will take you through the time travel. Zanzibar authorities preserved the place very nicely. The terrace overlooking the sea is simply refreshing and shall make you melancholy.

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