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Tanzania is well-known for its action-packed safaris and thrilling outdoor adventure. It is always recommended to visit Tanzania during the dry season. You must plan your vacation carefully to avoid the torrential rains because it can become precarious to participate in any outdoor activities during the rain. However, if you get stuck on a rainy day in Tanzania, you can still explore many exciting places.

Tanzanite Experience

Tanzanite is a unique and rare gemstone. The Tanzanite Experience is a unique and fun place to visit in Arusha, where you can learn about tanzanite’s rich and decorated history. The unique exhibition provides you with an interactive tour that takes you through the entire process that a tanzanite stone takes, from the mine to the store. The tour even includes a replica mine shaft.

Cultural Heritage Center

The Cultural Heritage Center is another exciting indoor attraction in Arusha. The center is filled with information about the many Tanzanian tribes, including clothing, artifacts, gemstones, and carvings. It is the perfect place to visit if you want to learn about the past, present, and rich culture of the 120+ tribes.

Maasai Market Curious & Crafts

The Maasai Market Curious & Crafts is an indoor marketplace where you can find an array of handmade local arts, crafts, and other souvenirs. You can find unique gifts and mementos for your trip from this marketplace. However, be prepared to bargain with the vendors. 

National Museum

Located in the bustling city of Dar-es-Salaam, the National Museum is a relic. It is a collection of five museums dedicated to promoting the rich history of Tanzania. The museum opened in 1934, and to this day, it is an iconic place to visit in Dar-es-Salaam and the perfect place to spend your time indoors during the rain. You can learn many things about Tanzania and explore many artifacts preserved at the museum.

Hellen Art Gallery

Hellen Art Gallery is dedicated t promoting original African products, including handmade cards, paintings, nameplates, and many other unique art pieces made by local artists. You will get to see inspirational and unique works of art.

Palace Museum (Beit al-Sahel)

The Sultan’s Palace (also known as the People’s Palace and Palace Museum) is a historic building in Stone Town, Zanzibar. The palace was initially called Beit al-Sahel; however, the palace was destroyed in 1896. The current three-story building was reconstructed during the late 19th century. It was home for the Sultan’s family. However, after the revolution in 1964, the name was updated to the People’s Palace. It is now a museum dedicated to portraying the history of the Zanzibari royal family.

House of Wonders (Beit al-Ajaib)

The House of Wonders is near the People’s Palace in Stone Town, Zanzibar. The building is the tallest and most prominent in Stone Town, facing the Forodhani Gardens. The House of Wonders, like the Palace Museum, has a unique history. It was the first building to have electricity in East Africa. The House of Wonders also was the first building with an elevator. The House of Wonders now includes the Museum of History & Culture of Zanzibar and the Swahili Coast.


Tanzania is a culturally rich country with a unique history and heritage that its people celebrate. Tanzania is more than the action-packed safaris and national parks that many people believe. Even when the rain pours, there is so much to discover. However, once the rain stops, you should consider visiting one of the many game reserves, including the Selous Game Reserve. Check out our Expert Guide on Selous Game Reserve Tanzania to learn more.

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