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Cultural Heritage Centre

Arusha-Dodoma Road, Arusha, Tanzania
+255 787 135 610
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Highway Robbery

We stopped here to shop for some souvenirs. They have a lot of options but the prices are so high... read more

Reviewed 28 April 2018
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It is a wonderful place where you can experience the cultural heritage of Arusha and its... read more

Reviewed 21 April 2018
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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 28 April 2018

We stopped here to shop for some souvenirs. They have a lot of options but the prices are so high and not negotiable. Very high pressure sales tactics. In the end we went to Masai Market and found the exact same items at a tenth...More

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2018

Dear Client thank you for visiting Cultural Heritage. We are astonished with your heading for neither did you pay to visit the centre nor were you forced to buy anything,For you to see one of the largest collection of Art for free is highway robbery...More

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Reviewed 21 April 2018 via mobile

It is a wonderful place where you can experience the cultural heritage of Arusha and its surroundings. I highly recommend it.

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2018

Thank you for the recommendation and highlighting our establishment.

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Reviewed 18 April 2018

Our safari guide dropped us off here to kill about 30 minutes. WHAT A GREAT PLACE!!. This has the most beautiful, creative artwork and souvenirs we saw anywhere in Tanzania. (And no, the prices were not outrageous. Since this was our last stop before going...More

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2018

Thank you for your review. We believe in fair trade and our prices are based on fair trade. Thank you for the visit.

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Reviewed 17 April 2018

This was a great stop at the end of our Safari trip and absolutely loved the art gallery and the great showcase of local talent it provided. Would have loved to bring more back!

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2018

Thank you for your review. Thank you for appreciating the the Art Gallery and enjoying the local talent.

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Reviewed 16 April 2018

A great place, still charming, with many hidden treasures, everyone should be spending more than 2h there as this might be the highest jewels concentration in Tanzania !

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2018

Thank you for your review. Wow what a great reunion after 20 years! Thank you for the visit.

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Reviewed 15 April 2018

Vast array of authentic African hand made souvenirs. A must for any visitor to this area of Tanzania. They ship if you find a large treasure or two that won't fit in your luggage, such as large wooden figures. Be sure to look up down...More

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2018

Thank you for your review and highlighting our establishment. We are glad you enjoyed the Art Gallery. Thank you for the visit.

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Reviewed 15 April 2018

There is a lot to choose from, however, the prices are really high and without much bargaining. I prefer the Maasai Market in town where you can get much better prices. But if you are looking for Tanzanite, this is a great place!

Thank Tammy B
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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2018

We have very unique and genuineTanzanite jewelery and Tanzanite gem stones and this is the best place to purchase them.

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Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

Wonderful place to pickup some souvenirs, but don't miss the adjoining art gallery. Could spend some time just looking at all the beautiful items here.

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2018

Thank you for highlighting our establishment and we are glad you enjoyed the souveniers and the African art. Thank you for the visit.

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Reviewed 13 April 2018

I spent a few minutes there, bought some gifts but woudln-t recommend going there on purpose unless you have a lot of free time

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2018

This is the best place to purchase african souveniers and gifts. Thank you for shopping at Cultural Heritage.

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Reviewed 11 April 2018 via mobile

It was great to be able to catch those last minute gifts for the family at home and then to pick up some great tanzanite!

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2018

Thank you for your review and we are glad you enjoyed shopping at Cultural Heritage. Thank you for the visit.

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mdgdc
28 December 2017|
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Response from Cultural H | Property representative |
Yes we do have them, you are most welcome to come and see them
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Response from UrsulaK | Reviewed this property |
It is free
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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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