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Cultural Heritage Centre

Arusha-Dodoma Road, Arusha, Tanzania
787135610
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This is a very sophisticated shopping opportunity!

Several people recommended stopping here, and we loved the two hours we had to wander, choose... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
travelerwayne1997
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Vienna, Virginia
A treasure trove

Cultural Heritage is a must stop for any visitor to Arusha. The main shop is full of arts and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Joanne F
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Arusha, Tanzania
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The Cultural Heritage Centre established in the year 1994. Is the first of its kind in Africa dedicated towards exploring the rich treasures derived from African Culture. This family business is the result of culmination of hard work, unwavering dedication and knowledge acquired from the forefathers. At the helm of the affairs is the versatile managing director, Mr. Saifuddin Khanbhai, who has a solid knowledge of African Culture and traditions. Culture Heritage Center has acquired iconic status due to the unique structure of the buildings within its compound and having the treasure chest of African art which is keeping African Art alive. The main building is designed to resemble the Uhuru Peak of Kilimanjaro. It also has an impressive array of arts and crafts including unique masks, Verdite carvings and paintings by famous African sculptures. Cultural Heritage now boasts an impressible Art Gallery was build on his vision which was to promote the work of the local artists. The exterior of the Gallery is imp rived by a drum, shield and spear, all major African symbols. The symbols resonate with the role of the Gallery that is to represent, communicate and celebrate Africa's Cultural Heritage. Among its many world famous pieces of Art is a 18 feet family tree which took 20 years to make. People from all over the world also visit Cultural Heritage, for its unrivaled reputation of having the finest Tanzanite stones which are also found in the Mererani hills of Tanzania, best in the world. The interior has three areas (i) History, (ii) Wildlife and (iii) soul. Ethnographic artifacts fill the History area, the wildlife area consists of contemporary paintings and sculptures of the curvatures roaming the African Savanna and the soul area captures Africa's energy allure and essence. The art gallery also has an amphitheatre which often shows on the life of special Tanzanian tribes like the Maasai, Pygmies and Hadzabe. It is also used for conferences. Also offered at the centre are day rooms found on the top of the building. They serve as resting place in the calm environment after a long safari trp. The spa at the Gallery offers a verity of personal care and treatments. The proceeds from the Gallery go to the conservation of elephants in Africa and the main concept of this is anti poaching clearly defined by the sculpture of the large unique beaded elephant. However, other causes such as orphanages, schools and boreholes and well drilling benefit from the proceeds. The centre also has a restaurant, coffee chop, spice centre, beads centre, and flea shop, which offers a variety of artifacts at different prices. Apart from the art the centre vibrated with warm hospitality. Cultural Heritage is visited by tourists from all over the world. It has been honored by visits from distinguished guests and state leaders such as President Bill Clinton, The prince William of Holland and his wife, Former UN secretary Mr. Kofi Annan, and celebrities such as Cindy Crawford. However every visitor who visits Cultural Heritage is treated as a Celebrity.
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Arusha-Dodoma Road, Arusha, Tanzania
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Several people recommended stopping here, and we loved the two hours we had to wander, choose high-quality items to bring home - for gifting and for ourselves.

Thank travelerwayne1997
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your review and highlighting our establishment. You can purchase exclusive gifts and souveniers here and genuine African Antiques and glamourous Tanzanite jewellery. Thank you for the visit.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cultural Heritage is a must stop for any visitor to Arusha. The main shop is full of arts and artisan items which help the visitor to have souveniers to take home. They also have precious Tanzanites and custom made jewelry for the shoppers of finer...More

Thank Joanne F
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your review and highlighting our establishment.Cultural Heritage is a Treasure Trove of African art and culture. One can buy a variety of classic souveniers and exclusive Tanzanite Jewellery here. Thank you for the visit.

Reviewed 1 week ago

The Cultural Heritage Center is an interesting collection of shops selling anything from high end jewelry to souvenir trinkets. Its great for last minute purchases and shipping is available if your eyes are bigger than you suitcase. My favorite store was the Maasai Shop. I...More

Thank missmywolf
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. This is the best place to shop for your souveniers and gifts. We have a wide selection to choose from wood carvings, clothing, Masai bead works, spices,paintings, bronze, metal and stone sculptures, Gemstone jewellery,Tanzanite stones and many many more interesting...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Building is far from Arusha's center, so take taxi. Building looks nice and they sell a lot of expensive stuff (big paintings, big statues etc). I was just looking for simple souveniers like magnets and flag patches, but they didn't have it or a very...More

Thank Floor S
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear client, Thank you for your review. We have the largest collection of magnet patches and other souvenier. I think you probably ended up in another place or just missed our spice centre where we stock the largest collection of books, music, spices, magnets and...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here on our last day in Tanzania, we had some time to kill before our flight left and wanted to bring home some souvenirs. I had told our guide that I was interested in visiting the Maasai Market but he suggested this place...More

1  Thank Jamie H
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Client, Thank you for your review. Your review tells it all. You prefer to be swallowed like the wilderbeast by crocodiles rather than shop in a place with fair trade policies and hassle free shopping and at the same time get to see the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After being in the wildlife parks for 10 days, this place seemed odd, but some people were finding souvenirs to take home. Interesting architecture and metal sculptures.More

Thank Ann E
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Client, Thank you for your review. We are an art place and not a wildlife park and cultural heritage is one of the largest art galleries in africa which does not charge for looking at its vast collection of art and crafts. You are...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here on our last day in Tanzania while waiting for our flight to board. There is certainly a great deal to see, including a very interesting museum with African art. We found some good and interesting souvenirs which the staff expertly packed for...More

Thank David_and_Misti
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review and highligting our establishment. One can shop here collector's art pieces, souveniers, clothing items, beadwork, gemstone jewelery and Tanzanite stones and many many more interesting art and handicrafts. Thank you for the visit.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you need any gift for your self or back home, go to Cultural Heritage Centre. I specially liked the metal made animals, I wish I could carry the donkey back home

Thank Monika F
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. Cultural Heritage is the perfect place for shopping for your gifts and we have many amazing metal sculptures in our garden and shipping can be arranged to any part in the world. Thank you for the visit.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So many great gift items to bring home. Great prices, selection was fantastic . Lots of wood carvings, beaded items, scarves and more. Be sure to bargain to get the best value. Staff was friendly and very willing to barter.

Thank 1Jannie
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review and highlighting our establishment. Cultural Heritage is a one stop shopping centre with a vast variety of artifacts and souveniers. Thank you for the visit.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is very interesting place, so many salient features of this place. It is a part museum/ part souvenir /part collectors and part local talent place. a worth visit to see recycled plastic/metal/glass/ artifacts and buy outs. Plenty of creative items made from waste nuts/bolts...More

Thank arunbvkumar
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. The Cultural Heritage has lots of artifacts, handcrafts and a variety of souveniers. The Art gallery is one of the largest on the continent of Africa and has many unique antiques and collectors pieces.Thank you for the visit.

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Banka L
16 July 2017|
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Response from Cultural H | Property representative |
There is no entrance fee to enter Cultural Heritage, You are most welcome to visit us.
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blondechickma
24 April 2017|
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Response from Cultural H | Property representative |
Cultural Heritage is open from 8.30 am to 5 pm from Monday to Saturday and from 8.30 am to 2 pm on Sunday. You are most welcome to visit.
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