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Address: Arusha-Dodoma Road, Arusha, Tanzania
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+255 27 250 7496
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The Cultural Heritage Centre established in the year 1994. Is the first of...

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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Extraordinary collection!

It would be difficult to find a more extensive collection of local African art and heritage. The presentation is amazing with a huge museum and several associated shops. And they... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 February 2017
KRC1956
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Story, Wyoming
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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

We spent almost one day at Cultural Heritage. Perfect place if you want to buy african art - paintings, sculpture, masks. We bought paintings. If you have a day in Arusha before Safari go there. We were soo lucky to meet the owner Mr Khanbhai. He tooks us through a tour in the centre. It is like a museum with... More 

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Thank ErkutGoktan
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of our establishment. We are pleased that you have appreciated and highlighted our place. Mr. Khanbhai inherited the gift of welcoming clients from his Late Father. Cultural Heritage is the product of his childhood vission which he has achieved due to his unwavering enthusiasm. We look forward to seeing you again. Thank you for the... More 

Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

This was a real treasure trove of quality African art and artifacts. And there was something for every budget - from small knick-knacks to jewellery. Unfortunately we couldn't spend too much time here because it was en route from Arusha to Tarangire, which is what will be the case for most tourist I guess.

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Thank shashibaliga
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We have a wide variety and vast selection of souveniors from spices, leather works, beaded jewelery, Tanzanite stones and clothings. The Art Gallery has very unique antiques, artifacts, wooden carvings, bronze sculptures and quality paintings. The Art Gallery has lots of interesting art work and one can spend a whole day here. You are most... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

This is a great place full of arts and crafts and the wholesale tanzanite shop. Really good cafe too. The enormous building housing the art and antiques was well worth the time spent there. A must see on your Tz travels.

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Thank Dallas H
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Yes we have wonderful artifacts and Tanzanite stones and amazing Jewelry. Thank you for your recommendation and visiting us. More 

Story, Wyoming
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

It would be difficult to find a more extensive collection of local African art and heritage. The presentation is amazing with a huge museum and several associated shops. And they are currently building another facility dedicated to natural history. Can't wait to go back.

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of our establishment. We are pleased that you have appreciated and highlighted our place. We look forward to seeing you again. Thank you for the visit. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

This is the best place in Tanzania you can be able to find the Tanzanite, we had been there after safari, we had asked our driver Maglan to pass us there so we can buy some artifact and Tanzanite Thank you so much Maglan our driver to help us to buy Tanzanite ring to our family for there weeding

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Thank you for visiting us and we are glad your family is enjoying the Tanzanite wedding ring. You are most welcome to visit us again. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

This is the place to visit and shop for original native goods of all sorts. Very accommodating and friendly staff. Also a great place for lunch as the cafe/restaurant is right on the property.

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review.A wide selection of unique art and souveniors are available here from leather works, beaded jewelry, gemstones, metal art,spices, antiques, bronze sculptures, wood carvings, paintings etc. We also have restaurants which serve delicious food.. so one can spend the whole day here. Thank you for visiting us and are most welcome to visit us again. More 

Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

We were in Tanzania in 2010 and this was the last stop on our trip back to America. Lots of local artwork and everything Africa you could ever want. Don't pay the ticketed price and haggle, haggle, haggle!!

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Thank Je A
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. A lot of things have changed since your visit in 2010. We have lots of more amazing artifacts and most of our stores now have fixed prices which are a good bargain. The Art Gallery has more antiques now and lots of quality paintings and sculptures. The prices in the Art Gallery are not fixed... More 

Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

A rich afternoon spent touring this centre of art and culture. The architecture alone is stunning. A well assembled collection of art including carvings and sculptures gives one myriads of opportunities to observe and appreciate. Some of the most beautiful Tanzanite can be purchased along with a huge variety of curios and crafts.

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. The Art gallery is one of the biggest on the continent of Africa and has many artifacts to admire like antiques,bronze sculptures, wooden carvings, paintings. We also have a wide selection of souveniors and unique Tanzanite stones and jewelery. Thank you for visiting us. More 

South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

I get to the cultural center at each of my mission trips to Tanzania. Purchased a very good quality Tanzanite for a very great price. Upon returning home and having it set into a ring, my jeweler appraised it at FOUR times what I paid. I will return for more stones on my next visit.

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are glad you are are enjoying your Tanzanite stone and look forward to seeing you again on your next visit. Thank you for visiting us. More 

Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

A lot to see, very nice garden cafe and the art gallery is huge. Enormous selection of nick-nacks, souvenirs and Tanzanite. For some items the prices were the best we had seen anywhere but not true for all items. I bought a fairly expensive ebony salad bowl and now there is a dark polish/finish coming off - pretty disappointing.

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Thank LysMontreal
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and visiting the Cultural Heritage which is one of the largest Art and Craft Centre in Africa. As for the bowl you bought we would like to add more light to it for Ebony wood is black inside and the outer side is white hence if the polish is coming out then it is very... More 

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