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Peace Memorial Museum

Peace Memorial Museum, Zanzibar © Jonathan Stonehouse
Peace Memorial Museum, Zanzibar © Jonathan Stonehouse

Home to a wealth of Zanzibar's memorabilia, the National Museum is a great place to discover the intriguing history and culture of the islands. With exhibits including traditional carvings and local wildlife displays covering reptiles and birds, visitors can also view relics from the age of the Sultans and early explorers such as Chinese porcelain, an old palm oil-powered bicycle lamp and David Livingstone's medical chest. Built as a peace memorial by British architect J.H. Sinclair, the beautiful spherical design of the National Museum acknowledges Zanzibar's Arab influence and is reminiscent of the eastern architecture of Istanbul and India. Look out for the cumbersome land tortoises that inhabit the Museum's lush garden.

Those looking for a touch of education on their tropical beach holiday should find a visit to this museum informative.

Address: Creek Road, Stone Town