Museum Guide for Zanzibar

It is just in recent years that the complete extend of Zanzibar heritage has been completely appreciated, with many amazing exhibits showing its rich history in various cultural and museum institutions.

Thanks to the new archaeological and historical research, the job that this part of eastern Africa has played on the globe stage is becoming better understood.

Although Zanzibar does not have big number of art galleries and museums, what is on offer is likely to appeal to visitors in search of meaningful attractions. The House of Wonders is perhaps its most famous with international visitors, particularly since it is conveniently placed within Stone Town. So find and book your cheap Zanzibar tour packages now to experience all these historical locations.

Here are museums you should visit in Zanzibar

 House of Wonders

Built in the late nineteen century as a ceremonial place, the House of Wonders is, in itself, a perfect piece of colonial architecture.  The mansion was eventually changed into a museum and opened to the public in 2005.

Even today, it is still extremely much a work in progress. Real exhibitions in the museum cover such topics as the maritime culture of the Swahili coast and the Indian ocean, the architecture and history of Stone Town, Zanzibar industrial heritage, and the job that the country played in the business life of Africa.

The Old Dispensary

The old dispensary boasts intricately carved balconies and different other decorations, which all reflect the multicultural nature of life in stone town. Built to celebrate Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria, it was intended that it would become a hospital. Anyway, these plans never came to execution in the end, it was used as a dispensary for drugs.

Following the revolution of 1964 in Zanzibar, the building was taken over the administration, while restoration work start in the 1990s. today, the Old Dispensary is home to a little museum that is devoted to telling the story of the buildings restoration and the history of the waterfront area.

Peace Memorial Museum

The peace memorial museum in stone town has unhappily fallen victim to structural deterioration.  Hence, many of its most important shows have been moved to the House of Wonders, while attraction fate is being debated. Two possible advises contain a children museum or a kids museum or an exhibition relating to the atmosphere.

Real African Art Gallery

Set up in 2001, this privately owned art gallery stone town is a showcase of East African artists. Works on display contain etchings, oil paintings, carvings, wood cuts, and Makonde statues.

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