The Palace Museum is a huge white building with castellated battlements, and was constructed in the late 1890's for the Sultan's family.
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Originally named the Sultan's Palace, in 1911 it became the official home of the Sultan of Zanzibar, but after the revolution in 1964, it was named the Peoples' Palace. In 1994, the palace was turned into a museum dedicated to the history of Zanzibar's Sultans which necessitated a third change of name to the Palace Museum.
For the first time, visitors can see much of the Sultans' furniture and other possessions that survived the revolution.